Calcutta/New Delhi: New Age Publishers Private Ltd., 1964. Hardcover. xiv, 307p., illustrated with a few plates (coins), vignette period imagery and a line-drawn map, hardbound in 10x6.5 inch papered boards titled in bold red, a blue cloth backstrip, and dust jacket. The lower edge of the casing is very abraded with lots of card showing, the backstrip has a sprinkle of spots, and the jacket is edgeworn and dirty with verso tape repairs. Text is quite good: sound, clean and unmarked.
A brief publisher's note quotes the author: "During my travels in Russia and Central Asia I came in direct contact with the peoples there.." We note a personal, at times conversational tone running throughout. Rahula wrote in Hindi, translations, favored Russian-language transliterations ("The English and their pronunciation are the worst. The Germans are better.."