First Edition USA , not direcctly stated, but implied by the lack of subsequent printings noted, as was Grossman's customary practice at the time of publication. Very Good+ to Near Fine: shows very light wear to the outside edges; former owner's bookplate at the front free endpaper; a small portion of the DJ has been cut out and pasted in to the title page; else flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Overall, remains a handsome reading copy. 8vo. (9.25 x 6.25 x 1.35 inches). 337 pages. Translated from the French by J.A. Underwood. Weight: 1 pound, 10.5 ounces. Hardback: Lacks DJ. Rene Grousset was one of those rare writers who could infect the reader with the same enthusiasm and interest in the subject that he himself possessed. This is not a biography of the Buddha. It is a cultural and intellectual history of China's T'ang period focusing on its Buddhist heritage, art, customs, and principle sites. In this volume, the author wishes to sketch the portraits of some of the great characters of the time, from the founders of Chinese imperialism and of the T'ang dynasty to their contemporaries Hsuan-tsang and I-ching, the pious pilgrims whose travels across the Gobi desert and the Pamir plateau or along the shores of the South Seas equal in interest those of our most daring explorers, down to the thinkers and sages whose speculations attained, in the realm of metaphysics, horizons yet more vast. Contents: In the China of the Epics; The Appeal of Buddhism; Through the Wide West; Persian Paintings in the Gobi; One the Eve of the Shattering of the Hordes; In the Land of Graeco-Buddhism; Towards the Holy Land of the Ganges; In the Sacred Places of Buddhism; A Journey in the Deccan in the Time of Ajanta; The Monastic City of Nalanda; Harsha, the Poet King; From Pamir to Tun-Huang; The Glory of the T'angs; Pilgrims of the Southern Seas; The Voyages of I-Ching; In the Peace of the Pagodas; The Metaphysical Flight of the Mahayana; In the Mystic Heaven of Buddhism; and the Revelation of Indian Art.
Very Good Condition in Good jacket. 337 pages. Name inside; pages toned; tight square binding. The jacket has some wear and tear; discoloring. "Against the background of Buddhist art at its greatest, he portrays the leading men of the period-the founders of Chinese imperialism and the T'ang dynasty, the philosophers and poets whose speculations attained a kind of human pinnacle, the warriors, khans, and pilgrims-in a beautifully written and authoritative study of the greatness of the Buddhist Middle Ages." Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 Pounds. Category: History; Inventory No: 141025.
B & W Photographs. Near Fine in Good + (in mylar) jacket. Hard Cover. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Translated from the French by J. A. Underwood. Textblock and binding sound, DJ has creases and wear, is price-clipped and the front flap rumpled. Pink line on fore edge. 337 pp., including an index.
Photographs. Fine in Fine jacket. Octavo. Translated by J. A> Underwood. A beautifully writing, well-researched authoritative study of the Buddha by one of France's great scholars. A splendid copy, unmarked and unclipped in a Brodart jacket cover.
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