Condition: Near Fine; Small 4to, 74 pgs. Full bound dark green leatherette with gilt title on spine. Numerous black and white, simple line drawing illustrations cut throughout text. Some light dust soil to book's exterior 1/2''x1/8'' dent near tail of front board (no rips or tears to faux leather). Binding is tight, interior clean throughout. Two-toned green dust jacket showing some minimal sunning to spine, some very minor rubbing to rear panel and joints, some very light chipping to spine ends and cornertips. A lovely little book. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Unworldly Wise, Wei Wu Wei's eighth and final book, is an enlightened parable in the form of a conversation between an owl and a rabbit about God, love, and the way to be free from the traps of our minds. Using the further pseudonym O. O. O., the author was obviously having some fun with his readers. In this most accessible of his remarkable works on the conscious life, Wei Wu Wei shows us that wisdom and laughter go hand in hand.
About the Author: "Wei Wu Wei" was born in 1895 into a well-established Irish family, was raised on an estate outside Cambridge, England, and received a thorough education, including studies at Oxford University. Early in life he pursued an interest in Egyptology, which culminated in 1923 in the publication of two books on ancient Egyptian history and culture.
This was followed by a period of involvement in the arts in Britain in the 20’s and 30’s as a theorist, theatrical producer, creator of radical "dance-dramas," publisher of several related magazines, and author of two related books. He was a major influence on many noted dramatists, poets, and dancers of the day, including his cousin Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet (which in fact had its origins in his own dance troupe at the Cambridge Festival Theatre which he leased from 1926-33).
After he had exhausted his interest in this field, his thoughts turned towards philosophy and metaphysics. This led to a period of travel throughout Asia, including time spent at Sri Ramana Maharshi’s ashram in Tiruvannamalai, India. In 1958, at the age of 63, he saw the first of the Wei Wu Wei titles published. The next 16 years saw the appearance of seven subsequent books, including his final work under the further pseudonym O.O.O. in 1974.
During most of this later period he maintained a residence with his wife in Monaco. He is believed to have known, among others, Lama Anagarika Govinda, Dr. Hubert Benoit, John Blofeld, Douglas Harding, Robert Linssen, Arthur Osborne, Robert Powell, and Dr. D. T. Suzuki. He died in 1986 at the age of 90.
Title: Unworldly Wise : As the Owl Remarked to the ...
Publisher: Hong Kong Univ. Press
Book Condition: Like New
Book Description Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, 1974. OPbd. m. OU., EA, Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press 1974, 76 S., OPbd. m. OU., Schutzumschlag mit kleinem Einriß, sonst sehr gut erhalten Sprache: en Schutzumschlag mit kleinem Einriß, sonst sehr gut erhalten. Bookseller Inventory # 138223AB
Book Description Hong Kong University Press, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. David Eccles (illustrator). 1st. very clean tight text, small shop sticker to bottom corner of fep, no inscriptions or price clip, dj a little shelf rubbed. Bookseller Inventory # 007194
Book Description Hong kong university press, 1991. 90pp. Bon Etat, jaquette abîmée, dédicace de l'auteur. in8 Cartonné jaquette. Bookseller Inventory # 150083
Book Description Hong Kong University Press, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 76p. Bookseller Inventory # 027073
Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97808565610303.0
Book Description Hong Kong University Press, 1974. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. David Eccles (illustrator). First edition hardback, 1974, with unclipped jacket. In overall very good condition: dj is slightly rubbed to corners with two small closed tears at spine head; green faux-leather boards, with bright gilt titles to spine, are clean and crisp. Binding tight, no annotations or inscriptions, text and lovely illustrations by David Eccles are clean and clear throughout. Very scarce title. Bookseller Inventory # 120406