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Sanskrit Fortune Teller's Manual

Published by Nepal
Condition: Good
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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Visually compelling antique from the Himalayas. Circa 1700. 38 leaves, or 72 pp., with 38 color illustrations -- one on the top of every opening of the vertically bound book. The text is at least partly in Sanskrit, with some in another language or dialect -- possibly colloquial Newari, which is spoken in Nepal. Almost certainly a divination tool akin to tarot cards. One verse within has been translated as: "By the sight of Parvati one destroys the sins that were previously done. By her (?) favor one attains desired success and the destruction of enemies." Section headings are all in Sanskrit and a few have been translated, including: "For one who asks about news of someone who is on a journey", "For one who asks about news of someone who is ill", "For one who asks about news of love", and "For one who asks about news of home". Below each of these headings comes the fortune-teller's response, always beginning with, "Oh question asker". The answers, alas, appear mostly to be in this other tongue, and thus remain as of now a mystery to us. What isn't a mystery is the wondrous exotic imagery, of stylized figures, possibly Gods, with a bow and arrow, on an elephant, with clubs or other weapons, on a chariot, or the strange animals. The palette is primarily earthy deep reds and greens -- this might be something that is accentuated with the aging of the leaves. Quarter Morocco box measures 25 by 17 cm, and has well for the book proper. The book has suffered smoke damage on its exterior -- the kind that is very commonplace of books of this age, given how homes were heated at the time. Chipping of corners on many leaves. Some wormholing, which we would regard as minor overall in this instance. Some occasionally blotching out of the lettering. Still, the images are intact and almost all the text is legible. Bookseller Inventory # 004012

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Title: Sanskrit Fortune Teller's Manual

Publisher: Nepal

Binding: Quarter Morocco Box

Book Condition:Good

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