SHANKAR, Pandit Shyama. Wit and Wisdom of India. A Collection of humorous Folk-Tales of the Court and Country-Side current in India … With an Introduction by Henry Skrine. London, Routledge, 1924.
8vo. Original sage-green cloth, lettered in black; pp. xv, 191, colour frontispiece after Arthur Jenkin, illustrations in the text after drawings; light fading to spine and with offsetting from endpapers, otherwise a very good copy; contemporary bookplate of Major G. W. Gilbertson inside front cover.
First edition, scarce. Skrine, in his introduction writes about the author, that he 'has passed through four Indian Universities; he is versed in Sanskrit and the dialects of Northern India. He has travelled through the length and breadth of the country and has had thus an opportunity of collecting the folk-lore which survive in every rural village' (pp. ix-x).