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TE~TAO CHING. A New Translation Based On The Recently Discovered Ma~wang~tui Texts. Translated, With An Introduction And Commentary , By Robert G. Henricks


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ISBN 10: 0345347900 / ISBN 13: 9780345347909
Published by NY. November 1989. Ballantine Books/ Classics Of Ancient China., 1989
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grey, black & gilt decorative (chinese calligraphy on spine) ½ cloth hardbound 8vo. 8º dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. very fine cond. mint cond. looks brand new. as new. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of all markings. price clipped dustwrapper in fine cond. not worn or torn. nice clean copy. no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~first edition so stated. first printing ( # 1 in # line). xxxi+282p. + "about the translator". notes. bibliography. religion. philosophy. psychology. theology. taoism. ancient chinese literature. ancient poetry. ancient history. cosmology. mythology. folklore. biography. archaeology. ~Among the most popular works of world literature, Lao Tzuís Te~Tao~Ching has been treasured for millenia because of its poetic, occasionally cryptic, statement of lifeís most profound and elusive truths. Although the Te~Tao Ching is widely read , the laconic Classical Chinese in which it was written, the authorís punning and enigmatic style, and the imperfect state of the Chinese originals make the brief poems that comprise it difficult to understand at times. That is why readers of fine literature hailed the discovery , in 1973 , of two ancient texts of the Te~Tao Ching which were found in the tomb of a Chinese nobleman who had been buried in 168 BC. Brush written in black ink on bolts of silk, these early manuscripts are more than five centuries older than any other known and they correct many defects of later editions: some "chapters" (poems, really ) follow a more logical sequence: their verses restore lines long lost(as may as three in some poems): their grammar and vocabulary are much more specific, making it easier for the translator to discern the authorís intent. Of course, changes of such magnitude make it necessary to re~evaluate traditional interpretations ~poetical and philosophical ~ of the Te~Tao Ching, and professor Henricks has done this in an extensive commentary to his excellent new translation, noting where the Ma~wang~tui texts differ from one another and from the more familiar versions of the Te~Tao Ching. Professor Henricksí translation is the first to offer to general readers the delights of these far older and more authoritative texts. In addition, Professor Henricks, had provided an introduction that explains the basics of Taoism, makes clear the significance of the Ma~ wang~tui texts, and provides a succinct discussion of the many other literary finds from Ma~wang~tui and their revolutionary impact on the study of Chinese history. Bookseller Inventory # 9221204

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Title: TE~TAO CHING. A New Translation Based On The...

Publisher: NY. November 1989. Ballantine Books/ Classics Of Ancient China.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Lao-tzu's "Te-Tao Ching" has been treasured for thousands of years for its poetic statement of life's most profound and elusive truths. This new translation, based on the 1973 discovery of two copies of the manuscript more than five centuries older than any others known, corrects many defects of the later versions. In his extensive commentary, Professor Henricks reevaluates traditional interpretations.

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Robert G. Henricks is professor emeritus of religion at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. One of the most acclaimed authorities on classic Asian literature today, he has translated the highly regarded Lao-Tzu: Te-Tao Ching and is the author of other books, including Philosophy and Argumentation in Third-Century China and The Poetry of Han-Shan.

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