London: Thames and Hudson, 1984. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's sienna cloth, spine and upper board gilt, illustrated endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"The world, including all its heavens and hells, is a place of suffering, if for no other reason than that its joys are transient and all lives (including those in heaven) end in decay and death. Into this arena of suffering all creatures are constantly reborn in an endless cycle. Salvation consists in getting off the treadmill. How is that to be done?" (from editor Richard Gombrich's introduction). Illustrated survey comprehensively delineating the histories, philosophies, and traditions of various Buddhist cultures. A product of years of research and preparation, the volume includes 11 essays from world-renowned scholars, accompanied by over 200 illustrations in color and black-and-white; also includes numerous drawings, maps, and photos of Buddhist sculptures, historic sites, paintings, and more; with glossary, selected bibliography, illustration sources, editor biographies and index. Corners gently bumped; unclipped dust jacket with lightest rubbing to spine-ends and flap folds. Near fine. Item #2319