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Estimate: Rs 75,000-Rs 1,00,000 ( $1,030-$1,370 )


1929 around 6 issues in one volume
1930 around 6 issues in one volume
1935 around 6 issues in one volume
April to September 1936
1937 around 6 issues in one volume
April to September 1937
October to May 1938
April to September 1938
April to September 1941
October to January 1941

Later green leather spine with 4 raised bands and green boards, title and volumes gilted on the spine for each volumes
9.6 x 7.6 x 1.4 in (24.3 x 19.3 x 3.5 cm) (each)

Each volume with about 300/350 pages. Each PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED with coloured and black and white plates of Early Bengal School Masters.

Prabasi was founded by Ramananda Chatterjee in 1901 and ran for over 60 years. It published many important Bengali authors, the most significant being Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore who published regularly in it from 1914 until his death. It is no exaggeration to say that Tagore's major creations reached Bengali homes through Prabasi. There were over 350 contributors during its existence, including most of the major poet and prose writers of the day. The National Encyclopaedia of Bangladesh said "Prabasi's fame remains almost unsurpassed by any other Bengali periodical." From 1901 to 1905 it was published in Allahabad. Then it was headquartered in Kolkata.

When Prabasi first appeared, it pioneered a mix of book excerpts, poetry and one-act plays, alongside reviews and essays. It also included serialized fiction, including Rabindranath Tagore's Gora (1907-1909) and articles on history, art, archaeology, sociology, education, literature and literary theories, scientific topics, and travelogues. The magazine was known for its art and illustrations.

"Prabasi" literally means a "Bengali living outside Bengal", which can be translated as "Exile". Chatterjee wrote in 1903, "In truth, we are Indians first and Bengalis next."

The sister magazine of Prabasi was Modern Review. Because of the initial poor sales of Prabasi Ramananda Chatterjee launched Modern Review in 1907, targeted to English-speaking Indians. Modern Review was a great success and was read nationwide. (Source: Wikipedia)

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