Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society

A month ago Books and Vines took a look at the very nice 1965 Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition of Bhagavad Gita, along with the Easton Press edition which sprang from it. This year, Folio Society (FS) announced the publication of a new edition of Bhagavad Gita. Thanks to  LibraryThing user ParadigmTree, Books and Vines is happy to present to you a series of pictures of this handsome new publication, along with colophon information.

The FS edition uses the translation from Juan Mascaró (1897 – 1987). This translation is one of the most popular English translations of Bhagavad Gita. Illustrations are by Anna Bhushan, a promising young artist who has won many awards and been in many exhibitions over the past decade. This edition includes an introduction by Amit Chaudhuri, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a well recognized Indian-English author and classical musician.

The binding of the book looks fantastic, certainly apropos for the subject matter.  I just love the front cover.  The illustrations appear to be nicely done, with a good number of them to break up the text. I appreciate the numbering of the text. At just under $70 US Dollars, this is a nice potential alternative to the much older (and harder to find in fine condition) LEC.

About the Folio Society Edition

  • Published in 2011
  • Translated into English from Sanskrit by Juan Mascaro (first published by Penguin Books in 1962)
  • Illustrated with 26 colour and 2 black and white illustrations by Anna Bhushan
  • Introduction by Amit Chaudhuri
  • Set in Perpetua by The Folio Society
  • Printed on Abbey Wove paper at Memminger Medien Centrum AG, Memmingen, Germany
  • Quarter-bound in cloth by Lachenmaier, Reutlingen, Germany, with Modigliani paper sides, printed with a design by the artist.
  • 11″ X 7.25″, 120 pages
  • Comes with a navy blue slipcase


Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, Book in Slipcase
Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, Spine and Cover
Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, Cover
Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, End Papers
Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, Frontispiece and Title Page
Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, Colophon
Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, Sample Pages with Text and Illustrations
Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, Second Sample Pages with Text and Illustration
Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, Third Sample Pages with Text and Illustrations
Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society, Fourth Sample Pages with Text and Illustration

3 thoughts on “Bhagavad Gita, Folio Society

  1. First of all, I would agree with you that Bhagavad Gita is a beautiful book. but there is something about FS books and Easton facsimile which doesn’t quite ring true. They do not have that look of the well-designed and carefully-selected material that is evidenced by LECs and other Fine Press books. They are almost too perfect. Too machine made. This is especially true with the Fine books produced by the Shiff era. It is that almost indiscernable look of nice production, but is it something I want to own.

    I guess this is what first got me into rebinding LECs. The hand-set type and the hand-made paper give the book – for lack of a better word – character. None of the FS books have that special attribute which can be assigned to LECs: Character.

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