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BEHARI, Bankey.

The Story of Mira Bai.

Published: Gorakhpur: Gita Press, 1935

Stock code: 106168

Price: £225

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First edition, stated 2000 copies. Uncommon, OCLC locates just 5 copies of the first worldwide. Attractive popular biography of the sixteenth-century Rajput princess, Hindu mystic poet and devotee of Krishna. Born in Allahabad, the author originally trained as lawyer but was increasingly drawn to mysticism, and under the direct influence of Gandhi, Krishnamurti, and Sri Aurobindo became a sannyasin, and after a period of withdrawal and intense study produced a commentary on the Gita for which he was awarded a doctorate in theology.

Octavo. Original fawn cloth with paper label to the front board. With the dust jacket. Tipped-in, tissue-guarded colour frontispiece and 6 other similar plates. Jacket a little rubbed and soiled, endpapers differentially browned, light toning to the text, else very good, partially unopened.

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