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    Antoine-Leonard de Chezy, trans. [Indian Erotica -- Amarusataka] Anthologie Erotique d'Amarou Suive Des Sentences Erotiques de Bhartrihari Et De Contes Orientaux. Paris: Bibliotheque Des Curieux, n.d. Krown & Spellman retail: $200. 12mo. [4],216pp. Publisher's blue cloth, one of 760 copies this on Arches paper (#666), bookplate of Americ Hugh Paget, Baron Queenborough. T.p. in red and black, head-pieces. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "Antoine-Leonard de Chezy: A French Orientalist, born at Neuilly, 15 January, 1773; died at Paris, 31 August, 1832. His father was an engineer, and he was originally destined for a scientific career, but he preferred linguistic studies, and devoted himself to Arabic and Persian under Sacy and Langles. In 1799 he was appointed assistant librarian in the department of manuscripts of the Bibliotheque Nationale. Attracted by the Sanskrit manuscripts, he was the Frenchman who took up the study of India's sacred language, though he had neither grammar nor dictionary to assist him. When, in 1814, the first professorship of Sanskrit in Europe was established at the College de France, Chezy was called to the position." [CE]

    The Sanskrit Amarusataka is an 7-8th century anthology ascribed to King Amaru of Kashmir but more likely an anthology of various poets.

    The original edition of 1831 was published in only a few copies and was ordered to be destroyed in 1832.         Rose 194. Gay/Lemonnyer I,230.

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