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Thomas, Frederick William, ed. & trans. Tibetan literary texts and documents concerning Chinese Turkestan. Part I: Literary texts. London: The Royal Asiatic Society, 1935. 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). x, 323,  pp. $125.00
First edition of the first part (only) of a four-part series on Tibetan literary texts presented by the Royal Asiatic Society in their "Oriental Translation Fund" series, this being its vol. XXXII. The Royal Asiatic Society, created in 1823, connected significant scholars of Asian Studies, such as Sir Aurel Stein and Sir Richard Francis Burton, to share science, art, and literature related to Asia.
For this volume, Frederick William Thomas (1867–1956), an English Indologist and Tibetologist, collected and translated all the Tibetan literary texts then known. Several translations are prefaced by explanations of the text's origin and/or or notes on previous studies of it.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. A portion of Howard's receipt for purchase, dated 1955, is laid in.
Publisher's navy blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine; edges rubbed and extremities bumped, fading to front board, minor gutter crack at p. 96. This offering is pt. I only. A sound, decent copy of this first volume of an intriguing series. (38078) Please RESHELVE This.
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