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EVANS-WENTZ, W. Y. ( Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz ) Foreword by Sir John Woodruffe.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Or the After-Death Experiences on the Bardo Plane, according to Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup's English Rendering.
Oxford University Press Humphrey Milford, London, 1927. Hardcover. Octavo. xliv + 248pp. Green cloth with gilt titling to spine; gilt design and blind rules on upper board. Frontispiece & b&w illustrations. The first edition of the first English language translation of the "bar do thos grol", dubbed by Evans-Wentz "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" on account of similarities that he thought he perceived between it and the "Egyptian Book of the Dead." "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" was an immensely influential work that served as the introduction to Tibetan Buddhist thought for generations of Westerners and played a major role in shaping the counter-culture of the 1960s. In addition to the Preface by American anthropologist Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz (1878 – 1965) it includes a Foreword by the renowned British Sanskritist and Orientalist Sir John Woodroffe (1865 – 1936). Boards show signs of very gentle wear - a hint of bruising to the edges and points, and a few modest signs of handling to the cloth. Small contemporary British bookseller's label to front paste-down. A little even toning to the pages. Overall has the look and feel of a book of that vintage that has had seen just a little moderate use. Thus a tight, unmarked, VG+ copy of this important work. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc. [Cape Neddick, ME, U.S.A.]
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