Mumbai: Harshadray Pvt. Ltd., 2011. Ex-library, first edition. Hardcover. Elephant Folios. 1110pp. of continuous pagination. Red cloth boards with debossed gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. The work is a lavishly produced five volume set containing the English translation of the entirely of the text of the Śrīpāl Rās, a religious saga, which is a central work of Jain literature. The work consists of 1252 verses extolling the virtues of the Navpad (nine padas) of Jainism, as related through the story of the lives of King Sripal and his wife Queen Mayana. According to the tradition, the work originates originally from a discourse that Gautama Ganadhara - the senior disciple of Bhagavan Mahvi - gave before a religious assembly, including King Shrenika. The work was originally composed in the Marugurjara language.
According to those involved, "the work took almost 5 years to complete. In its compilation, more than 30 manuscripts from various sources were consulted and extensive commentary from old texts was incorporated. The work was further enriched with exceptional contributions from pandits, scholars and prominent Jain acharyas and upadhyayas, and brought to fruition through the tireless efforts of several others."
The work is profusely illustrated throughout with high-quality color photographic reproductions of original paintings, pages from old text sources and photographs of other Jain artwork. Introduction by the editor in at the beginning of the first volume. Binding with some light scratches and smudges to the boards. Library ink stamps at the top and bottom of the book block. Library bookplates at the interior front cover. Binding in very good+, interior in near fine condition. vg+ to near fine. Item #42834