"Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other": First edition of Rabindranath Tagore's Stray Birds; signed by him
Item Number: 96222
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.
First edition of this collection of 320 poems by Tagore. Small octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, frontispiece in color by Willy Pogany, gilt decorative borders to each page. Signed by Rabindranath Tagore on the front free endpaper. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition with some light wear and closed tears. Rare and desirable signed by Tagore.
Stray Birds is a collection of three hundred and twenty short poems by Rabindranath Tagore. They were written in Bengali before being translated into English by Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.