The Wisdom of China.London: Michael Joseph, 1949 Stock Code: 148238
First edition thus, first impression. The Wisdom of China was first published in an edition limited to 750 copies only in 1944, followed by an edition for export only in 1948.
This is Lin's attempt to summarize the core tenets of Chinese philosophy by presenting some key writings in translation. Alongside Confucius and other classics are texts such as the Zhuangzi, humorous stories, and famous poems. The translations are accompanied by explanatory notes to aid Western readers who were Lin's intended audience. Lin's translations adopt a literary style rather than simply staying close to a literal translation of the Chinese, ensuring he avoids being constrained by the differences between the two languages. Indeed, he is widely regarded as one of the most important Chinese intellectuals of the 20th century, not only because of his translations but also because of his philosophical writings and academic research.
Octavo (212 x 132 mm). Finely bound by Bayntun in late 20th-century red half morocco, red cloth boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, pale orange endpapers, top edge gilt.
Spine a little sunned, faint foxing to edges, else sharp and internally clean; a very good copy.
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