"IN THE SUMMER OF THE YEAR 1901 A VISIT TO THE KUJU VALLEY BROUGHT ME FACE TO FACE WITH PEOPLE WHO STILL PAY REVERENCE TO THOSE VERY SERPENT-DEMONS FROM EARLY INDIAN LITERATURE": FIRST EDITION Of J. PH. VOGEL'S INDIAN SERPENT-LORE
Indian Serpent-Lore, or The Nagas in Hindu Legend and Art.
Vogel, Jean Phillippe.$200.00
Item Number: 88186
London: Arthur Probstain, 1926.
First edition of Jean Phillippe Vogel’s authoritative work on the Nagas in Hindu legend and art. Quarto, original blue cloth. Gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Frontispiece engraving of Nagaraja of Ajanrta after a photograph. Illustrated with thirty plates. In near fine condition. An excellent example.
Jean Phillippe Vogel worked with the Archaeological Survey of India from 1901 to 1914 and later as Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Archaeology at the University of Leyden in Holland. Serpent-Lore is an exhaustive study of the Nagas (mythical semi-divine half-man half-cobras) in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, with particular attention to their depictions in early sculpture and art.