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HINDU LOYALTY: A PRESENTATION OF THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS OF THE SANSKRIT AUTHORITIES ON THE SUBJECT OF LOYALTY. [IN CONNECTION WITH THE MOVEMENT OF THE "NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR INDIA"]
Calcutta: Printed by I. C. Bose & Co. and Published by the Author, 1883. FIRST EDITION n. Hardcover. A Work, in a Decorative Calcutta Binding, thatSupports "God Save the Queen" as India's National Anthem. 216 x 159 mm (8 1/2 x 6 1/4"). 4 p.l. (the first a blank), 24, 29-32, 25-28 (bound out of order), 33-100 pp. FIRST EDITION. PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL CALCUTTA BINDING OF DARK GREEN PEBBLED MOROCCO, RICHLY GILT, front cover with a densely gilt frame enclosing a gilt-rolled panel with central vignette of Shiva, (the rear cover with an arabesque at center, but otherwise identical), gilt-rolled raised bands, spine compartments heavily gilt with stippling and vegetal forms, gilt-hatched turn-ins, all edges gilt. Text bordered in red. Slight loss of gilt to vignette, a hint of dulling to spine, but still a fine copy, the gilt very bright everywhere else, and the text remarkably clean and fresh. Something infrequently seen in the West, this is an engaging Calcutta binding, here covering a fine copy of Tagore's essay that supports the adoption of the British national anthem, "God Save the Queen," as the national anthem of India. A member of the cultural elite, our author came from one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Calcutta (poet Rabindranath Tagore was from another branch of the family). His publications were aimed at British and European orientalists both in India and in Europe as well as Calcutta's Bengali intelligentsia. His argument here is that loyalty to royalty has always been a constant in Hindu culture, and so "God Save the Queen" is an appropriate candidate for national anthem of India, the jewel in Queen Victoria's crown. Indian nationalism and the desire for independence did not spread until the post-World War I era, when its Hindu leaders would have thought this book heretical. They nevertheless would have admired this volume as an object: Brahma (God the Creator) is referred to as Hiranyagarbha ("the one born of gold"), and Brahma is obviously in the details of this glittery binding. It will always be pleasant to hold a beautiful object finished with the essence of the Creator, even if the song it sings is a sacrilege to certain modern (in this case, Indian) ears.
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