ম্যাকবেথ

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Author: উইলিয়াম শেক্সপীয়ার [William Shakespeare] IMG_20170324_153042
Title: 
ম্যাকবেথ [Macbeth]
Publisher: 
আদিত্য প্রকাশালয় [Aditya Publishing House]
Year of publication: 1998
Place of publication:
Kolkata
Place of purchase:
College Street, Kolkata
Ownership:
Secondhand
General comments: 
Found and purchased by Shrutakirti Dutta while collecting ‘copy books’ of Shakespeare for Jadavpur University’s Shakespeare in Bengal project. Translations and prose summaries of Shakespeare’s plays continue to be used by English students of the various Kolkata colleges which have had Shakespeare in their syllabi since inception. Going by the cover illustration and the illustrated flyleaf with a space for inscription, this abridged translation in prose was probably meant to be given to younger readers.
Transcription of inscription:
প্রিয় বিপ্লবের ‘জন্মদিনে’
সোনালীর প্রীতি
উপহার

[On beloved Biplob’s ‘birthday’
Sonali’s loving
gift]
Submitted by: 
Shrutakirti Dutta, via Shalmi Barman

Rubaiyat i Omar Khayyam

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Author: Omar Khayyam
Title: Rubaiyat i Omar Khayyam
Publisher: Dey’s Publishing
Year of publication: 1983 (1st edition)
Place of publication: Kolkata
Translator: Kantichandra Ghosh
Purchase cost: Rupees 30
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This is very special because this shows the trend of presenting books on marriage ceremonies that was very much in practice even 20 years ago. This was given to my parents on their marriage by one of my uncles. He wrote it himself. It has the names of my parents Rana and Shelly in it.
Transcription of inscription:
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সাথী মিলে গেলে আসে
জীবনেতে পূর্ণতা,
সুখে-দঃখে সাথী দেবে
ভরে সব শূন্যতা।

শুভেচ্ছা জানালাম
আজ মধু লগনে
মন থেকে যেতে পারে
যে “শেলী” মগনে।।

পথের আলাপী
সমীর দা

[Rana –

When you find a partner
your life is complete
In joy and sorrow
she will fill up the emptiness

I wish you well
on this happy day
So you can dedicate
your heart to Shelly

An acquaintance from the road
Samir da]
Submitted by: Ragini Chakraborty

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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There are certain differences between the text of the Rubaiyat quoted here and the quatrain mentioned in contemporary texts.

 

Author: Omar Khayyam
Title: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Publisher: Collins Clear Type Press
Place of publication: Great Britain
Translator: Edward Fitzgerald
Place of purchase: Sunday Market, Ahmedabad
Purchase cost: Rupees 50
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Here’s images of a lovely edition of the Rubaiyat I came across at a flea market in Ahmedabad . The date of publishing is unknown, but given by the inscription, it could be anytime around Independence.
The verse  printed below is in Farsi, and was read out to me by the bookseller. 🙂
Transcription, transliteration, and translation of inscription:
[endpaper recto]
B. Salima
26.7.48

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“A potter thumping his wet clay, and with its all obliterated tongue it murmured, ‘Gently brother, gently pray.'”

ناکرده گنه در این جهان کیست بگو
آن کس که گنه نکرد چون زیست بگو
من بد کنم و تو بد مکافات دهی
پس فرق میان من و تو چیست بگو

(‘Na kardah gunah dar aen jahan kest bago
An kis keh gunah na karden zest bago
Man bad-kanam o tu bad-makafat dahi
Pes farq meyaan man o tu chest bago’

‘Who is the man who here below has not committed
sin; can you say? Had he not committed it, could he
have lived, can you tell? If, because I do evil, you
punish me for evil, what then is the difference between
you and me, can you say?’
– cited, transcribed, and transliterated by our friend Arshdeep; quatrain 356 of the Rubaiyat, Edward Fitzgerald’s translation)

[endpaper verso]
(‘When you prostrated yourself on the ground, a sound rose from the ground
You have ruined me, your prostration is duplicitous.’
– translated by our friends Tania and Zeinab, transliteration and citation would be appreciated)

[brown tape on binding of title page]
‘Mohammed Salim’ repeated four times – perhaps evidence of another owner of the book.
Submitted by: Niharika Joshi

The Second Sex

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Author:
Simone De Beauvoir
Title: The Second Sex
Translator: H.M. Parshley
Publisher: Pan Books
Year of publication: 1988
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: College Street, Kolkata
Price: INR 300
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
Transcription of inscription:
Dearest B,
Happy Birthday
3rd Mar. 94
Love
Cha?s
Submitted by: Kristi

A Book About Stars And Planets

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Author: Yefrem Levitan
Title: A Book About Stars And Planets To Be Read To Children
Publisher: RadugaIMG_0240
Year of publication: 1986
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Sergei Sosinsky
Place of purchase: Calcutta
Ownership: Firsthand, Gift
General comments: Hardback, with illustrations by Sergei Alimov. Featuring a space-travelling wizard who is summoned by a father to explain astronomical phenomena to two children. This was a long-lost book that I recently retrieved from my collection to pass on to my niece. She turned seven this April.
Transcription of inscription:
To Toobri,
for the funway of learning-
Baba & Ma.
Cal. Book Fair 2002
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

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L to R above: Title page, recto, and copyright page, backing verso. Not a spread, but presented in this way to demonstrate the continuity of design.

Ukrainian Folk Tales

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Title: Ukrainian Folk Tales FullSizeRender (1)
Publisher: Dnipro
Year of publication: 1986
Place of publication: Kiev
Translator: Irina Zheleznova
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Purchased at the secondhand book market, Golpark. Hardback. Illustrated by Yuli Kryha.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
[cover] Roop Mukherjee

[short title page] To
Roop Mukherjee
Presented by
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5.9.88.
Submitted by: Sanjukta Roy

The Adventures of Dennis

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Author: Victor Dragunsky      FullSizeRender (1)
Title: The Adventures of Dennis
Publisher: Raduga
Year of publication: 1985
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Fainna Glagoleva
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 100
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Purchased at a secondhand book stall in Golpark. Hardback, yellow boards with illustration, 240 p. ISBN 5-05-000038-6. Designed by Yuri Ivanov. FullSizeRender (2)
I have included pictures of an illustrated page and of the illustrated endpapers featuring the titular Dennis. Few things about a book make me as happy as beautiful endpapers, and Soviet publications usually have excellent examples of this.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
[with underline flourish] Arnab Ghosh

To
My Dear ‘Montai’
from – ‘Ma’
10.4.1991
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman
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Caligula and 3 Other Plays

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Title: Caligula and 3 Other Plays
Publisher: Vintage
Year of publication: 1958
Place of publication: New York
Translator: Stuart Gilbert
Place of purchase: Golpark
Purchase cost: Rupees 50
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments:
[conversation with seller]

“কামু তোমাকে ৫০ টাকায়ে দিতে পারব না। তুমি ম’ম নাও, সার্ত্রে নাও, দিয়ে দেব। কামুটা ছাড়তে পারব না, বিশ্বাস কর। মিনিমাম ১৫০-তে বিক্রি হবে।”
[I can’t let a Camus go for 50. You can take the Maughams or a Sartre, but this I can’t let go. It sells for a hundred and fifty at least.]
Transcription of inscription:
ME AND MY HAZY ENTITY
<scratched-out>NOON, HIGH,
FEB ’93
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

The Island of the Day Before

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Author: Umberto Eco                                                                                     IMG_0098
Title: The Island of the Day Before
Publisher: Minerva
Year of publication: 1996
Place of publication: Great Britain
Translator: William Weaver
Ownership: Gift
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
Dear Suddho,

May you always be in touch with the reality of another order.

Love,
Sharanya

Dec’ 2014
Submitted by: Suddhasattwa Roy

Bosch

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Title: Bosch: The life and work of the artist illustrated with 80 colour plates
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year of publication: 1967
Place of publication: London
Translator: Claire Pace
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This was a gift from Sri Arun Das Gupta, legendary professor of English literature at Calcutta University, to my parents for their wedding. Arun babu probably did not have the heart to write directly in a volume so pretty. The card looks more like it was stuck to the gift-wrap from which my parents had carefully salvaged it. It continues to float around the pages of the book.
Transcription of inscription:
কল্যাণীয়
শ্রীমান সন্দীপের
শুভ পরিণয়ে
স্নেহোপহার
নিত্যশুভার্থি
শ্রী অরুণ কুমার দাশগুপ্ত
২০ ফাগুন ১৩৯০

[Dear Sondwip,
On your wedding,
A loving gift from
Ever your wellwisher,
Sri Arun Kumar Dasgupta
3 March 1984]
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee