Basel: Ravi Kumar, 1971. Early printing. Large quarto, publisher's red cloth, spine and upper board gilt, black endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
Monograph on the art of the Indian tantric tradition, with 97 striking, large-format color and black-and-white plates of paintings, drawings and sculpture across several centuries. "Combining art, science, and religion, Tantrism indicates the way to liberation. With a basis of philosophy and physics, Tantra shows its art expression moving in the direction of meditation, toward the transcendence of differentiated forms. In the samadhi state of meditation, one can look into the universe as a whole. It is to rise beyond the space-time reltionship, to discover the idea of past, present, and future all at once. According to Tantra, only one single moment is actual; the whole universe evolves in that one single moment" (from the text by specialist, curator, and collector of Eastern art Ajit Mookerjee, who has written extensively on yoga and tantra art forms). With detailed notes on the plates and a bibliography. Originally published in 1966. Unclipped dust jacket with price sticker residue to front flap, slight peeling to laminate along bottom edge of front panel, and small chip to top edge of rear panel. Very good. Item #1321