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The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra edited by Lance Dane (Inner Traditions) is a new, fully illustrated Kama Sutra, put together by one of the world's foremost scholars of the Kama Sutra and Indian art. The erotic sentiments described in the Hindu love classic the Kama Sutra constitute 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 best to achieve ecstatic expression.

In this illustrated volume, Lance Dane, renowned scholar and founder of the Sanskriti Museum of Every Day Art in Delhi, 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 as the author's own collection of over 300,000 archival photographs – these rare images clearly illustrate all 64 sexual positions and the erotic instructions set forth in the Kama Sutra for all kinds of sexual experience. Included are:

  • Book 1 – General Principles
  • Book 2 – Love-play and Sexual Union
  • Book 3 – Courtship and Marriage
  • Book 4 – The Wife
  • Book 5 – Seducing the Wives of Others
  • Book 6 – The Courtesian
  • Book 7 – Secret Lore, Extraneous Stimulation, and Sexual Power
Dane has dedicated over five decades to researching and archiving all aspects of the Kama Sutra and other pre-Vedic and Vedic classical erotica. The result is The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra, a dazzling and sensuous reading experience through which the teachings of the Kama Sutra spring to life. There have been many versions of the Kama Sutra around for a long time, but what makes this volume special is the reproduction and integration of the extraordinary and rare art from the collection owned by the author and housed in the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi .

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