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"Gives us the dazzling artwork from museums and private collections worldwide... fascinating...sex has not changed in over 2,000 years." (Lois Mark Stalvey, Red Rock News, January 28, 2004)

"A new, gorgeously illustrated edition of the famous Hindu Classic." (Erotic Review, Dec/Jan 2004, Issue 58)

"It is not, in fact, a pornographic work, but a book depicting the art of living for the civilized and refined citizen, finding its expression in the sphere of love, eroticism, and the sensual pleasures of life. . . . Rather than calling the Kama Sutra pornography and hiding it on the highest shelf of their bookcases, Western readers should see it as the expression of a refined, sophisticated people on the art of love." (Audrey Chaix, Vulpes Libris, Jan 2010)

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SEXUALITY

Completely illustrated for the first time, the Hindu love classic the Kama Sutra continues the most famous work on sex ever created. Written almost 2,000 years ago, the Kama Sutra deals with all aspects of sexual life, including the principles and techniques of sexual pleasure and how to best achieve ecstatic union.

In this complete and illustrated guide Lance Dane accompanies the Kama Sutra text with 250 illustrations and great works of art from coins, palm leaf manuscripts, sculptures, ancient toys, jewelry, architecture, ivory combs, birch bark, cloth, paintings, frescoes, and scrolls. Gathered from museums and private collections around the world--as well the author's own collection of over 300,000 photographs--these rare images clearly illustrate all 64 sexual positions and the erotic instructions set forth in the Kama Sutra. The result is a dazzling and sensuous reading experience through which the teachings of the Kama Sutra spring to life.

LANCE DANE is a writer, photographer, renowned scholar, and the founder of the Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art in Delhi. He has dedicated over five decades to researching and archiving all aspects of the Kama Sutra and other pre-Vedic and Vedic classical erotica. His private collections of over 9,000 books on Indian art and architecture and his 300,000 archival photographs are housed in the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi. He lives in India.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; First edition (number line starts with "2"). edition (October 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892811382
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Of the versions available in bookstores, this one I thought to be most comprehensive in content. The graphics are reproductions of original art and not real life couples - which is a relief, and pleasing to the eye.
The presentation falls short in that the book - for it's size - has print too bold, and the graphics are intimidating. But for a person who is looking for a good Kama Sutra to own - for it's artistic and historic significance - this one will work out just great.
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This book is good for historical and artistic content. However, if you are looking for something more modern that will show you actual poses, don't get this book.
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I found that this book is a well written piece of work that not only talks about how to get closer to one's partner in bed, but also how to get close to one's partner in life. Simple rules of courtship and love are discussed, and overall, I would recommend this book to anyone searching for a good relationship how to book.
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This is the exact form of the Kama Sutra that I have been looking for. It is illustrated with original Indian artwork. It is an abridged version of the Kama Sutra text but it has the sections that most individuals are most often interested in, the ones on sex. It is not a book that is all about sex but has a large part about relationships and gives some good insight into the Indian culture.
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This book gives you not only the original text of the 14th century Kama Sutra, like some other books also do, but it also gives you beautifully photos from very old and newer drawings, medals, pottery and many other art forms. The photos relate to the topic dealt with at that partical episode.
A book you should place for ever in your library, not only the hardcore sex-fanatic, but also every person interested in literature and in the origin of our Western culture.
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My husband and I read this together and enjoy it with a smile. I just purchased it as a Christmas gift for a newlywed couple in their late sixties who'd never seen it. They love it too! Really a comprehensive "marriage manual," as we used to call such books. A love-making guide covering everything from how to bathe, to flowers in the bed, to positions and ensuring your partner's pleasure. Poetic translation and lovely illustrations in the old Indian style representative of the 2000 year old Vatsayana classic treastise.
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I thought this book lived up to its description. The illustrations were many, and artistic. Some of the ancient rituals made me chuckle. It was a very interesting read if you kept it in its historical perspective. If you're looking for porn, this is not your book.
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I was expecting a pretty good edition of the actual Kama Sutra text, which it is. I was also expecting the artwork to be both more relevant to the appropriate parts of the book, not merely random, poor examples of Indian erotic art. Given India's rich artistic history and brilliant executions of erotic painting and stonework, this left me unfulfilled and confused as to its textual relevance. Like finding a random family photo in an Ikea furniture manual.
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