Today here is some treasure for your viewing pleasure. I'm very pleased with the scans as the capture the fragile, tactile qualities of these salvaged pages. In exchange for some meagre pennies I bought this illustrated copy of Rama and Sita from a book market in Bucharest, Romania. Forgotten and unloved for over a year I discovered it again in a red suitcase and decided finally to bring the woodcuts to light. I have a passion for prints but no money with which to satisfy it. So, for the moment, ripping reproduction woodcuts out of crumbling books shall suffice. These are stunning, mytho-poetic journeys in to a Hindu story of love and its obstacles. I found a short version of the story online and have decided to include it.
The greatest mystery about this book which I found in Romania is its introduction and footnotes in Russian and the story in English. It is a strange compilation of unexplained origins and sources, perhaps it is a Russian schoolbook for learning English, I think? But then why the Hindu story? And how did it find its way to this market stall in Romania!? Now, on the next stage of its journey, disembodied prints find themselves framed on my bedroom walls in England.