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THE ANCIENT WISDOM.  A QUEST FOR THE SOURCE OF MYSTIC KNOWLEDGE., Ashe, Geoffrey.
1 Ashe, Geoffrey. THE ANCIENT WISDOM. A QUEST FOR THE SOURCE OF MYSTIC KNOWLEDGE.
Macmillan, London, 1977, first edition. 
232 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0333198670 B&w illustrations. "Years of detailed research into Celtic and Arthurian history have brought Geoffrey Ashe face to face with wider mysteries and conundrums that go to the heart of human civilisation. This book is a quest for an original and universal knowledge - the Ancient Wisdom - nutured by priests, shamans and occultists, claimed by scientists and historians since earliest times. Dissatisfied with theories of l ost Atlantis or alien astronauts bequeathing our cultural heritage, Geoffrey Ashe is still convinced that the Ancient Wisdom is not just a legend. But what is it? Is it still at work? In the tradition of Robert Graves and his search for t h e W h i t e Goddess, he investigates the puzzles of ancient mythology and religions. From the magical lore of numbers he unearths the clue that leads from the world of the Middle East and the Mediterranean to the mountain fastnesses of Siberi a - an d d ev as ta ti ng confirmation of the Ancient Wisdom's existence." Minor browning to pages, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, a few tiny scuffs on bottom of textblock, light browning and faint tiny foxing marks on top of textblo ck . Du st ja cke t h as bee n price clipped, has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds, two small tears archivally taped, minor rubbing, light to moderate browning on inside. Very Good/Good 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
ROUND THE WORLD., Butler, Frank Hedges.
2 Butler, Frank Hedges. ROUND THE WORLD.
London T. Fisher Unwin 1924 First Edition Hard Cover Good- No Jacket 
269 pp + 2 pp publisher's advertising, 9" H. Red cloth with gilt lettering & decoration on spine and front board. Illustrated with numerous b&w photographs (collated). The author was the founder of the Royal Aero Club (1901) and the first Hon. Treasurer of the Royal Automobile Club (1897) and wrote two previous books - "Fifty Years of Travel by Land, Water and Air" and "Through Lapland with Skis and Reindeer". Chaper headings for "Round the World": The Voyage Out; From America to Hawaii; Pictures of the Pacific Islands; A Visit to Japan; Japanese Entertainment and the Drama; Korea and the Inland Sea; Through China to Hong-Kong; A Taste of the Jungle; Home Matters; From London to Brazil; The Falkland Isles; The Tip of South America; The Lands of the Incas; The Panama Canal; Cuba: How Tobacco is Grown; The National Game of Pelota; Florida Modernized; The Paradise of Fishermen; In the Track of the Ancient Voyagers; How We Lost Java; The Industries and Resources of Java; Travelling in Java; A Palace Ceremony; The Borobudur Temple; Java: Town and Country; The Island of Bali; The Ritual of Cremation; From Bali to Australia and New Zealand through Torres Straits and the Great Barrier Reef; Maori Land; The South Sea Islands; Back to Civilization; Appendices: Suggestions for an EmpireTourist Bureau; By Air to Lausanne; Index. Very light browning on free endpapers, previous owner's name in ink and faint erased pencil writing marks on front free endpaper, small edge tear on page leaf 259/260 - archivally taped, light browning to edges of text block, very light soiling on top of text block, light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine with two tiny tears at top, one small corner bump, scattered small water stains and a few light stains on front board with some color loss - plus a tiny water stain on rear board. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
INDIA CALLING: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF A NATION'S REMAKING., Giridharadas, Anand.
3 Giridharadas, Anand. INDIA CALLING: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF A NATION'S REMAKING.
Times / Henry Holt, New York, 2011, first edition. 
273 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 9780805091779 "(B)rings to life the people and the dilemmas of India today, through the prism of (Giridharadas') emigre family history and his childhood memories of India. Traveling th rough villages and small towns and big cities, he introduces us to entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and religious seekers, but, most of all, to Indian families. As he finds his way in a country at once familiar and surprising, (he) writ e s i n vivid detail of India's own reinventions: how parents and children, husbands and wives, cousins and siblings are seizing hold of their destinies, bending the meaning of Indianness, and enduring the pangs of the old birthing the new. Throug h th e ir stories and his own, he paints an intimate portrait of a country becoming modern while striving to remain itself." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has soft wrinkle at top of rear flap. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
TRADITIONAL TEXTILES OF CAMBODIA: CULTURAL THREADS AND MATERIAL HERITAGE., Green, Gillian.
4 Green, Gillian. TRADITIONAL TEXTILES OF CAMBODIA: CULTURAL THREADS AND MATERIAL HERITAGE.
Bangkok River Books 2003 9748225399 / 9789748225395 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
320 pp, large 4to (11 5/16" H). "Subtle, enigmatic patterns woven into Cambodian silk textiles speak of origins in an ancient past, with resonances continuing to the present. While Cambodian textiles may justifiably be regarded as works of art in Western terms, their cultural relevance and vitality, which defines their quintessential character, is only beginning to be be appreciated and understood. This is the first book to document and explain this rich textile and costume tradition. Written for collectors, curators, travellers, textile artists and aficionados, it identifies and explains the essential role textiles play in traditional Cambodian life, society and religious practices. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 colour images, the book includes images of antique textiles held in both private collections and major public institutions, historic images and specially-commissioned line drawings and diagrams. (It) also includes: end notes supplementing the information in each chapter; appendices with a word list in Khmer script and transliterated Roman forms; a technical and foreign language glossary; a full bibliography and index." One tiny dint on front board. Dust jacket has some small line indentations and light rubbing on rear panel, a series of very small and tiny dints on front panel - mainly at top. one or two other very small dints elsewhere on jacket. 
Price: 80.00 USD
 
 
THE PRESENCE OF SIVA., Kramrisch, Stella.
5 Kramrisch, Stella. THE PRESENCE OF SIVA.
Princeton, New Jersey Princeton University Press 1992 0691019304 / 9780691019307 Soft Cover Very Good Photography by Praful C. Patel. 
514 pp + 32 b&w plates at rear, 9" H. "One of the three great gods of Hinduism, Siva is a living god. The most sacred and most ancient book of India, The Rg Veda, evokes his presence in its hymns; Vedic myths, rituals, and even astronomy testify to his existence from the dawn of time. In a lively mediation on Siva - based on original Sanskrit texts, many translated here for the first time - Stella Kramrisch ponders the metaphysics, ontology, and myths of Siva from the Vedas and the Puranas. Who is Siva? Who is this god whose being comprises and transcends everything? From the dawn of creation, the Wild God, the Great Yogi, the sum of all opposites, has been guardian of the absolute. By retelling and interweaving the many myths that keep Siva alive in India today, Kramrisch reveals the paradoxes in Siva's nature and thus in the nature of consciousness itself." Interior - previous owner's chop mark (stamp) on half-title page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - spine very slightly twisted and slightly concave, minor edge wear, tiny corner creases on rear cover. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
6 Mackenzie, Donald A. INDIA. MYTHS AND LEGENDS SERIES.
London Bracken Books 1986 0946495882 / 9780946495887 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
463 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w illustrations. "The cast of Indian mythology is bewilderingly complex, colourful and compelling, from Brahma himself, the Creator and 'World Soul', and Indra, the mighty 'hammar god' of strength, to the horrible Rakshasas, demigod demons who eat human flesh. Between these extremes are chivalrous heroes, strong ideals of manhood, such as Yudhishthira, as well as fascinatingly beautiful and virtuous heroines, like Sita and Shalantala - and the noble, self-sacrificing Savitri, who saves her husband from death by her love and devotion. (This book) provides a compendium and guide to the seemingly infinite variety of stories still told throughout the subcontinent. Many of the most famous and significant tales are reproduced here, together with authoritative commentary and explanation. A fullsome introductory chapter sets the myths in their correct historical and social context, and the index is especially clearly laid out to supply a glossary of the characters and themes." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, tiny piece of glue residue in margin of page 295. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
CHRISTIANITY AND THE WIDER ECUMENISM., Phan, Peter C., ed.  (Darrol Bryant, Durwood Foster, Robert Scharlemann, Geoffrey Parrinder, Joseph Fichter, Monika Hellwig, John Hick, Martin Forward, Francis Xavier D'Sa, Joseph Osei-Bonsu, Marcus Braybrooke, Donald Dayton, Mary Ann Stenger, et al
7 Phan, Peter C., ed. (Darrol Bryant, Durwood Foster, Robert Scharlemann, Geoffrey Parrinder, Joseph Fichter, Monika Hellwig, John Hick, Martin Forward, Francis Xavier D'Sa, Joseph Osei-Bonsu, Marcus Braybrooke, Donald Dayton, Mary Ann Stenger, et al CHRISTIANITY AND THE WIDER ECUMENISM.
New York Paragon House 1990 0892260750 / 9780892260751 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
288 pp, 8vo (9" H). "This volume explores the growing shift from efforts toward unity within Christianity to broader, more far-reaching attempts at unity among all world religions (the 'wider ecumenism'). Editor Peter Phan traces this trend back to the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) but notes that, in the last ten years or so, the movement has become pronounced. (The book) consists of eighteen papers deriving from a recent ecumenical conference in Istanbul, Turkey. The authors seek to add their contributions to contemporary interfaith dialogue." Interior - previous owner's bookplate on inside of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light rubbing to covers, minor soiling to bottom of textblock. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE FIVE SONS OF KING PANDU:  THE STORY OF THE MAHABHARATA., Seeger, Elizabeth, adapted by.  From the English translation of Kisari Mohan Ganguli.
8 Seeger, Elizabeth, adapted by. From the English translation of Kisari Mohan Ganguli. THE FIVE SONS OF KING PANDU: THE STORY OF THE MAHABHARATA.
New York William R. Scott 1967 Hard Cover Good Fair Gordon Laite. 
340 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). Vivid colour plates. "(O)ne of the greatest hero tales of the world. It is not only an exciting epic of adventure and chivalry equal to 'King Arthur', 'The Song of Roland', or the 'Illiad', but it is an unending source of spiritual strength to Hindus throughout the world. All the most vital Indian traditions - religious, social, philosophical, historical and political - are found in it and are still significant in India today. Each of the five heroes in the story is clearly and very individually drawn; each possesses godlike strengths as well as human frailties. All possess the capacity to feel deeply. They are born, they live and die in a society that is chivalric in its characteristics. It is a society in which the art of war is highly developed, and military skills are held in high esteem. One of the greatest classical battles ever described in literature climaxes the Mahabharata. But the battle itself, however heroic, only serves further to illustrate the noble theme of the epic: that hatred and greed inevitably lead to ruin and that the only real conquest lies in winning the battle against oneself." A few soft wrinkles to preliminary pages, two large creases on title page, very small light stain on content page, two very small areas of discoloration on front board, browning and some dis-coloration on edges of text block, some moderate soiling on bottom edge of boards and text block. Dust jacket has heavy edge wear/creases, small chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small edge tears, light rubbing, small area of surface paper loss on front panel, light edge browning, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
WHILE MEMORY SERVES., Tuker, Farncis, Lieut.-General Sir.
9 Tuker, Farncis, Lieut.-General Sir. WHILE MEMORY SERVES.
Cassell, London, 1950, first edition. 
668 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover (green cloth with gold lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions, maps (2 fold-out). "This is the tale of the last two years of British rule in India (1946-47), told by one who watche d events from the Headquarters of Eastern Command. My story will show how Indian affairs were when the (Second World War) was over: the rapid deterioration of the adminstration as the small British cadre of civil officials was hurriedly replaced by Indian, and as independence became more and more certain; in particular the lawlessness which so quickly set in: the almost insupportable burden that was placed upon and successfully borne by the Indian Army and its few British officers, and how gr e at was the debt that India, the Commonwealth and indeed the world owed to the devotion of these officers, their skill, patience and staunchness: that we had no honourable alternative but to quit India: and, lastly, why, unless Russia first collaps es , India - Hindustan, if you will - is in grave danger of becoming communist in the not distant future. Of necessity the tale starts with a description of Eastern Command and its peoples. A more detailed description of Hinduism I have relagated to Appendix I. Without some knowledge of that system it is impossible either to understand the political and communal affairs of which the book speaks or to be aware of the bearing of Hinduism upon the past and, above all, the future of India." Ciga ret te odor inside, light browning to endpapers, foxing mark on title page and dedication page, light browning to edges of textblock - tiny foxing marks on top of textblock, a few faint areas of discoloration on boards, slight fading to spine colour , ve ry light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Very Good- 
Price: 39.95 USD
 
 
10 Watts, Alan W. MYTH AND RITUAL IN CHRISTIANITY.
New York Vanguard Press Hard Cover Very Good Good- 
262 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Professor Watts has approached his task of re-assessing and re-interpreting the Christian story with sincerity and great acumen. He makes it clear that its essential character can never be fully understood in terms of the 'reverent remembering of a past history', but only as the 're-living of a timeless truth'. This truth, he maintains, is 'much more profound than the mere facts which once happened' and invests the story with the 'tremendous dignity of myth'. For, for him, the word myth does not denote what is 'untrue' or 'unhistorical', but that 'complex of stories which human beings regards as demonstrations of the inner meaning of the universe and of human life'. Under the clear lens of his inquiring and acute mind, not only do we see how the complicated pattern of Christian ritual has evolved from events recorded in the Old and New Testaments, but much of the symbolism of other religions, much of the thought of philosophers and poets down the ages seem to fall miraculously into place within the overall scheme of things. Thus, we are presented not only with a penetrating analysis of the meaning of Christian symbolism, but also with a philosophy of life which will appeal to thinking men and women, both inside and outside the faith. This stimulating book is more likely to fire the imagination than a host of pious utterances by prelates or dogmatic assertions by those who are lacking in faith." Previous owner's name in ink on free front endpaper, minor browning to pages, light browning to edges of text block, light edge wear, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, inside rear hinge has a 1/2" split in the paper only. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light to moderate browning - mainly on spine and edges, small edge chips and tears, light soiling, some waviness on the spine (mostly visible on the inside surface) - protected in a removable mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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