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3.0 out of 5 starsBlank pages
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2019
It says Illustrated but there is only one image of Brahma at the beginning and then many blank pages throuought the book that was clearly meant for pictures so I don’t know what happened there but besides that it’s pretty good.
The description of the book states illustrated but it carries a few drawings, the original sanskrit text is not provided any where in the book because of which one will be reading through the eyes of the author which is a disappointment.
3.0 out of 5 starsVery few illustrations. 19th century book reprint.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
This text serves my purposes as a novice seeking to have a large collection of the Rig Veda hymns in English translaton. The 19th century translations are not too bad but the proof reading of the OCR scan leaves something to be desired. Errors that should have been caught by a good copy editor. But the real surprise was that there are only a handful of illustrations. Well, on the other hand the margins are very wide, so you can draw your own illustrations. Too bad more care in formatting was not taken.
This is an old translation of the Rig Veda made by Ralph Griffith in 1890. Unfortunately it is the only complete translation available in English. There is another contemporary translation by Brereton et al. from Oxford Press, however; it is out of print. Penguin has a translation by Wendy Doniger of 108 of the hymns (about 10% of the total) which is very good because she has many notes and explanatory material.
This translation has many flaws which are noted by other reviewers.
This is just a reprint of Griffith's translation. No introduction, prologue, notes or explanation. This means that unless you have medium or advanced knowledge of the Vedic religion, this edition will probably be too obscure (more often than not, gods and characters are referred to by complex epithets in Sanskrit). I would strongly recommend against buying this book for beginners.
That said, if you have a fair grasp on the Vedic religion (as either a student, practitioner or amateur researcher) and are looking for an affordable full version of the Rigveda, this may be for you (also, if you care only for the text itself, not much about catching the entire meaning).
I say "may", because even though the book is cheap enough, it falls quite short on design: it's simply (and says so in the book) sort of the Griffith translation taken from a Word document printed and bound for market publishing. This means there are typos, the special characters for transliteration (such as dotted consonants) are in a bigger font size than the rest of the text, and, noteworthy, some hymn titles are at the end of the page, with the hymn beginning in the next page.
I'd like to say you get your money's worth, but at $13.93 maybe you could simply go to the source (Forgotten Books' website) and print this yourself. If you own a tablet or Kindle, you should try Wilson's edition (digitized by Google), which is commented almost all the way. If you're more of a book-in-the-hand kind of person, and a beginner in (or just curious about) the Vedic tradition, you'll be better off with Penguin's edition or any other more serious abridged version.
In short, the only strong points of this edition are the translation and the fact that it's the full Rigveda.
1.0 out of 5 stars3 illustrations does not make an illustrated edition
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 24, 2020
This was a huge disappointment. It says it is illustrated but there are literally only three illustrations, which are black and white engravings in the opening pages, before the text content even starts. Three illustrations in a 480 page book surely cannot qualify this as an 'illustrated edition' as it is described.