The Wisdom of India
The Wisdom of India
The Wisdom of India

LIN YUTANG [editor]. The Wisdom of India.

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LIN YUTANG [editor]. The Wisdom of India. London, Michael Joseph, [1944].

8vo. Original olive-beige buckram, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt, in the rarely seen dust-wrappers, priced 63 shillings pp. 507; title within red ornamental border; minimal offsetting from endpapers; otherwise very clean and fresh; unusual collectors stamp in red insde front cover, shelfmark in ink nest to it.
First Michael Joseph edition, number 295 of a total print-run of 500, on hand-made paper, a lusrious book production with a corresponding price. The publisher Michael Joseph somehow managed to get hold of this high-quality paper during the restrictions put on publishers during the war, when the majority of British books were printed in small type with small margins and on inferior paper. The writer in both Chinese and English, Lin Yutang, is as well known as the inventor of the Chinese typewriter. This is his work on Indian myth, legend, religions, customs and traditional literature, as well as imagination, humour and Buddhism.

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