Chitra Chitra Chitra Chitra Chitra
London: Published by the India Society. 1913.

First edition. One of 500 copies of which 250 were for sale. pp. ix, [1], 34, [2]. Original white buckram lettered in gilt to upper cover and spine. Slight browning to spine and edges of covers. Internally very good. Top edge gilt. Overall an excellent copy of this scarce work published in the same year as Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first non-Westerner to do so.
Chitra is beautiful short work based on a story from the Mahabharata, one of the two great Sanskrit epics. A contemporary critic described Chitra as "the crown of the first half of the poet's career" and it is a masterpiece of intellectual and aesthetic concision. Under the guise of a love story, it addresses ideas of gender identity, proto-feminism, beauty, truth, reality and appearance.