Title: The Visaladevarasa - A restoration of the ...
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Publication Date: 1976
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine DJ
Edition: First edition.
University of Cambridge Oriental Publications. 335 pages. The object of this study is to restore to its original form the Visaladevarasa, a poetical work composed in Rajasthan probably in the mid fifteenth-century. As one of the earliest examples of Rajasthani vernacular literature, the poem is clearly important in itself; yet the form in which it appears in previous editions is made unacceptable by the fact that it retains large numbers of scribal interpolations which combine to obliterate wholly the metre of the original. In the present work, the nature of the metre is deduced, and it is then employed as a grid, whose super-imposition on any stanza reveals the authentic text, to the exclusion of all spurious material; in addition, this process often indicates which of the various spellings used for any given word is the best, and what the rhythm of the word was. A discussion of the grammar of the text then leads to the tentative conclusion that it is of popular rather than literary origin. The author provides a full critical analysis of his method and studies in detail the linguistic elements of the text. A full English translation of the reconstituted text is placed opposite the text, and there is a full glossary and index. hardcover with jacket, contents as new, jacket with very light edge wear. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 3804
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