"I am only waiting for love to give myself up at last into his hands": First edition of Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali (Song Offerings); One of only 250 copies sold
London: Printed at The Chiswick Press for The India Society 1912.
First edition of this collection of prose translated by Tagore from the original Bengali, largely for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, engraved frontispiece portrait of Tagore with tissue guard present. One of 750 copies printed for the India Society only 250 of which were available for sale. Introduction by W.B. Yeats. In very good condition. Bookplate and stamps for the Northbook Society (a British advocacy society and reading room for Indian literature, defunct in the 1960s). Rare and desirable.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 130449
Rare original silver gelatin print of Nobel Prize-winning author Rabindranath Tagore. Signed by Rabindranath Tagore below the photograph. The entire piece measures 5 inches by 3 inches.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 120647
The Golden Book of Tagore: A Homage to Rabindranath Tagore from India and the World in Celebration of His Seventieth Birthday; signed and dated by Tagore
The Golden Book of Tagore: A Homage to Rabindranath Tagore from India and the World in Celebration of His Seventieth Birthday.
Calcutta: The Golden Book Committee 1931.
First subscribers’ edition of The Golden Book of Tagore, the elaborate privately produced tribute to the famed poet; signed by Tagore and from the library of Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur. Quarto, original cloth, lettered tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Tagore by Martin Vos signed and dated by Tagore beneath his image, “Rabindranath Tagore Dec. 19, 1933,” 29 additional engravings including 11 tipped-in in full color with lettered tissue guards. From the famed library of Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur with his ownership initials “S.R.A.S” and library notes to the pastedown noting that the book was “Received from the Golden Book of Tagore Committee 120/2, Upper Circular Road Calcutta on 1-3-1932. Pre-Publication Subscription sent by money order on 8-8-1931. Received the book by V.P.P.” Indian nobleman Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur assembled India’s greatest library, famed for its diverse collection of rare antiquarian manuscripts and important books. Tipped in is an autograph letter signed by Tagore in facsimile to Bhagwan Singh Gyanee and dated December 27, 1931 which reads in part, “It is hard for me to say in a few faltering words how I feel when voices greet me from my own country and from across the seas carrying to me the assurance that I have pleased many and have helped some and thus offering me the best reward of my life. Rabindranath Tagore.” Additionally tipped in is a typed letter signed by Tagore on Visva-Bharati letterhead dated December 26, 1933 and addressed to the Raja which reads in part, ‘Dear Raja Bahadur, On the eve of my departure from Hyderabad, allow me to offer you and Ranee Shaheba my sincere thanks for your generous contribution to the funds of Visva-Bharati. I am glad to know you realise that Visva-Bharati belongs to you all and have promised to stand by it…With best wishes, yours sincerely, “Rabindranath Tagore.”‘ The Raja has added a note, “The Poet had paid a visit to my house on 19-12-1933. Particular in my personal album.” Laid in at rear is the original transmittal envelope. In very good condition. An exceptional association.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 106982
New York: The Macmillan Company 1915.
First edition, early printing of this drama, translated into English by the author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Rabindranath Tagore on the half-title page. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable; books signed by Tagore are uncommon.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 96033
Photograph of Nobel Prize-winning author Rabindranath Tagore. Signed and dated on the photograph, “Rabindranath Tagore Jul. 22, 1921.” Double-matted and framed. The photograph measures 3.5 inches by 5 inches. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 18.25 inches. Photographs signed by Tagore rare.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 33058
"This One in me knows the universe of the many": Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Author Rabindranath Tagore
London: MacMillan & Company 1925.
First edition, later printing. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Rabindranath Tagore Feb. 26, 1932.” In very good condition with some wear to the extremities and to the side front panel. Books signed by Tagore are rare.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 22096