Sakoontala, or The Lost Ring; An Indian Drama
Hertford: Stephen Austin, 1855.
Hertford: Stephen Austin, 1855. First Thus. Finely bound in full blue crushed morocco by Donnelley of Chicago. Gilt to spine and boards. Edges and turndowns all brightly gilt. Ornately decorated endpapers. Front joint cracked but holding. Faint offsetting to preliminaries. Binder's tag tipped in behind the front endpaper. Internally a clean, beautiful copy with fresh margins and bright floral borders. Housed in a quarter morocco slipcase.
A celebrated Indian drama translated from the Sanskrit, Sakoontala tells the story of the beautiful but innocent Sakoontala. She entrances a visiting king who marries her but must depart; before leaving he gives her a ring to signify their marriage and present to him. Only with this ring can Sakoontala claim her rightful place as queen. Trouble ensues when she loses the ring while traveling to meet him. A widely admired play, both within India as well as the rest of the world due to its influence on Goethe. (Item #3124)