Erotic manuscript from the Gujarat School

[Indian erotic manuscript]. "Manuscript Kamasutra Gujarat School".

India, Gujarat or Rajasthan, 19th century CE.

4to (160 x 222 mm). 90 pp. followed by 4 blank leaves (foliation: 1-39, 48, 50-51, 54-56, and 57-60 blank). Text written in Gujarati (or Hindi?) in black and red ink on paper, illustrated with 10 miniatures in polychrome pigments, including erotic subjects. Old title label "Manuscript Kamasutra Gujarat School" to verso of final leaf. Block-stitched.

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An Indian manuscript, possibly the Kama Sutra, including six illustrations showing couples engaged in love play and four more showing women only.


Unidentified British collection, then in a French collection and subsequently bought by the industrialist and patron Pierre Bergé (1930-2017); acquired from the sale of his estate.


Some edge flaws; one leaf loose. Apparently not quite complete according to the contemporary leaf numbering, but still an uncommon, fairly early survival.

Art.-Nr.: BN#56576