The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana


Hardcover. Condition: Very good. Dust Jacket: Very Good. 1963. George Allen.

Translated by Sir Richard Burton and F.F. Arbuthnot. Preface by W.G. Archer and introduction by K.M. Pannikkar.

First published in 1883, this book contains Richard Francis Burton's English translation of the “Kama Sutra”. Believed to have been written between 400 BCE and 300 BCE, the “Kama Sutra” is an ancient Indian text originally written in Sanskrit that deals with eroticism, sexuality, and emotional fulfillment. The first English translation of the ancient book, Burton's volume led to it becoming one of the most pirated books in the English language. Contents include: “The Vatsyayana Sutra”, “Of Sexual Union”, “About the Acquisition of a Wife”, “About a Wife”, “About the Wives of Other Men”, “About Courtesans”, and “About the Means of Attracting Others to Yourself”. Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (1821–1890) was a British writer, poet, linguist, explorer, translator, geographer, ethnologist, orientalist, Freemason, diplomat, and cartographer best remembered for extensively travelling in and exploring Africa, Asia, and the Americas. An extraordinary polyglot, he spoke 29 languages and gained extensive knowledge about many different cultures and their practices.