Rasa, or Knowledge of the Self

Rene Daumal


New Directions Books, New York, 1982. First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. 107pp., 5.5 x 8.25 inches

Near Fine. Dust jacket shows minor rubbing and traces of shelf wear. The cloth covered magenta boards show very minor fading. Binding remains solid and tight with crisp, seemingly unread pages. Uncommon in hardcover with such solid condition.

First English translation of essays and reviews on Hindu aesthetics and translations from the Sanskrit by the legendary René Daumal.

Daumal began cultivating his East Indian studies as an extension of his active pursuit of the avant-garde and in 1932 made the acquaintance of Uday Shankar, becoming secretary to his Hindu dance troupe and accompanying it that year on its premier American tour. In his efforts to make Shankar’s music and dance comprehensible to Western audiences, Daumal developed into a passionate spokesman for Indian culture.