Norwalk: Easton Press, 2013. Collector's Edition; Limited Edition. Hardcover. Item #14997
Book condition is Near Fine, bound in full, genuine leather with gilt accents, 22kt gold page edges and a hubbed spine. Smyth sewn, interior vaunts moire end papers, acid-neutral paper (won't yellow or become brittle over time) and silk ribbon page marker. Volume is housed in a decorated slipcase, with a few weak smudges to the cloth. Text is clean and unmarked. Uncommon in this special edition which reproduces the First Edition of 1895. From "The Times" review of 1895: "... This is a book which considerably extends the domain of human knowledge. Every page contains new materlals; many of his chapters are entirely new, and the whole forms an enduring memorial of laborious original research. He is the first European who, equipped with the resources of modern scholarship, has penetrated the esoteric Buddism of Tibet." Further, from another source, "A landmark in English-language writing on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism...contains a wealth of information written in a remarkably clear manner and accompanied by a plethora of rich visual documentation in the form of photographs and line drawings...this text provides a fascinating insight into the roots and practices of the religion and, given the destruction of a great deal of Tibetan religious sites, a lot of what has been recorded here will never be seen again -- making this rare text a must-have for anyone interested in the subject. "; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall.