Midnapore: Printed at the Mission Press, 1884. First edition. Unbound pamphlet, 8.13 x 5 inches, stitched, , 18 pages. Some light damp staining; lower edges and corners nibbled, with no loss to text; a good, sound copy. Item #19569
An ephemeral treatment in dramatic verse of an episode from the Mahabharata, the courtship of the demon woman Hiiimba and the Pandava Bhima, here done in English by an Indian author and printed on the Baptist mission press in the West Bengal city of Midnapore. Whether this Trailokya Nath Dass is the same as the Murshidabad bidri artist whose work appears in the catalog of the 1902-1903 Delhi Exhibition catalog remains unclear given what scant evidence might easily be gleaned online. Besides reference to this title in the 1888 catalog of the library of the India Office, and an Indian scholar's passing reference to this as an English language Indian novel (which it is not, suggesting a copy had not come to hand), this little colonial mission imprint reworking of an Indian classic is otherwise fugitive, not found on OCLC or on COPAC.