SOMADEVA BHATTA. The Ocean of Story. Being C.H Tawney's Translation of Somadeva's Katha Sarit Sagara (or Ocean of Streams of Story). Now edited with Introduction, fresh explanatory Notes and terminal Essay by N. M. Penzer. London, privately Printed for Subscribers Only by Chas. J. Sawyer, 1924-1928.
Ten volumes, royal 8vo. Original cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut, endpapers in gold and black, title-pages in red and black; a very attractive set.
First edition in English, number 511 of 1500 sets produced, of this immense corpus of stories within stories and subsidiary stories, preserving much of India’s ancient folklore in the form of a series of tales in verse written in the 11th century by the Kashmiri Sanskrit author Somadeva. 'The court poet to King Ananta of Kashmir, Somadeva apparently was commissioned to compose a cycle of stories to amuse and calm the queen Suryamati during a political crisis … An English translation by Charles H. Tawney, titled The Ocean of Story, was published in 1924–28. Somadeva wrote his monumental work during the two periods of Ananta’s interrupted rule, which ended in 1077' (Encyclopaedia Britannica, online).