One of a series of books exploring the wisdom of world religions, this concentrates on Taoism. For 2,500 years Laotse and the principles of Taoism have had an influence on Oriental thought and life second only to Confucianism. This volume contains Laotse's complete writings in a translation by Dr Lin Yutang, as well as an introduction and many helpful notes. The teachings enrich the Western mind, presenting the doctrines of Taoism with humour, humanity and humility.
Lin Yutang (1895–1976) was a renowned Hokkien Chinese writer, translator, linguist, philosopher and inventor. His informal but polished style in both Chinese and English made him one of the most influential writers of his generation, and his compilations and translations of classic Chinese texts into English were bestsellers in the West.
Our book is in very good condition, with a good dust jacket showing only few signs of wear (a little rubbing at top & tail of spine, one 1cm tear at the front top fold-in, slight grubbiness of pale portions). The book itself, bound in bright blue cloth with title etc in gilt on the front and spine, is in equally good condition, the exterior minimally discoloured at the top edge, slight browning/foxing of endpapers beyond the dust wrapper fold-in, and minimal signs of foxing on the long textblock edge. Page tops coloured pale red. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages, and all pages clean and bright with no markings.