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F W Bain BUBBLES OF THE FOAM First Edition 1912 : Sanskrit India

F W Bain BUBBLES OF THE FOAM First Edition 1912 : Sanskrit India

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Bubbles Of The Foam

Translated from the Original MS. By F. W. Bain

Published by G.P. Putman's Sons, New York and London, 1912. First Edition. Hardback book with gilt title and gilt deer stamps to spine and upper board. 160 pages plus 4 pages of publisher's adverts. Illustrated with a frontispiece.

A very good copy. Lovely clean binding. All contents present and pages very clean throughout. No foxing, stains, marks or writing to the book. Overall a very good first edition.

Francis William Bain (29 April 1863 – 3 March 1940) was a British writer of fantasy stories that he claimed were translated from Sanskrit. He was born on 29 April 1863, the son of Joseph Bain. He was educated at Westminster School, before going up to Christ Church, Oxford where he distinguished himself as a student of Classics. In 1889, he was elected a fellow of All Souls College. In his youth he was a keen amateur footballer, representing the University against Cambridge between 1883 and 1886; he was also a member of the leading amateur teams of the time, Wanderers and Corinthians. In 1892, he entered the Indian Educational Service, going on to become a professor of History in the Deccan College of Poonah (Pune), in British India, until his retirement in 1919. He died on 3 March 1940.

During Bain's life, the argument raged about whether the story was truly a translation or whether Bain had written it himself. While some early reviewers took his statements at face value, many did not. A contemporary review said, in part: Though palpably a pretense, they are graceful fancies, and might as well have appeared for what they really are instead of masquerading as "translations". No Hindu, unless of this generation and under foreign influence, ever conceived these stories. Moreover, they are of a strict propriety, whereas original Hindu love stories would put Rabelais's ghost to the blush.

A review of Bubbles of the Foam in 1912 said: Yet, despite the beauty of the whole, there is much in the volume that seems non-Indian; in fact, distinctly Occidental. The phraseology lacks in great part the subtle Sanskrit flavor.

Before his fantasy series, he also wrote other works, including political works. One was "Antichrist: A Short Examination of the Spirit of the Age.
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