Monday, November 2, 2015
Octavio Paz | Vrindaban
Geneve, Switzerland: Editions Claude Givaudan, 1966
 pp., 23 x 23 x 23 x 14 cm., boxed
Edition of 500 [+ 55 APs]
In 1945, writer Octavio Paz entered the diplomatic service, and was stationed in Paris, Geneva and Tokyo. In 1962 he was named Mexico's ambassador to India, where he served for six years. The free verse poem Vrindaban is his attempt to come to grips with the sights, sounds and smells of the country. The town of Vrindaban is one of the sacred sites of Hinduism, where Krishna was said to have spent his childhood days, playing his divine flute in the region's thick forested area.
First published a year prior, this boxed version is courtesy of Claude Givaudan, an early publisher of artists' editions.