The Light of Asia Signed by Edwin Arnold Morocco Green Fine Binding


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Published nearly 150 years ago when Buddhism was less known outside Asia, Arnold’s book was among the first to introduce the teachings of Buddha to Western readers.

Notably, Mahatma Gandhi was deeply impacted by the book, which he received alongside Arnold’s version of the Bhagavad Gita during his time in London.

The book’s influence extended beyond mere readership to inspiring social movements and artistic expressions.

The Light of Asia or The Great Renunciation: the life and teachings of Guatama, Prince of India, and the founder of Buddhism.

Early printing 1880s finely bound in green Morocco leather in near fine condition and signed by the author.

Told in a narrative poem, the book depicts the life of Prince Gautama Buddha, who became The Awakened One after attaining enlightenment.

Through verses, it explores his life, character, and philosophy, shedding light on this influential figure.

Former Indian minister Jairam Ramesh praised The Light of Asia for its significant impact on how people perceive the Buddha and his teachings.

This acclaimed work, translated into over 30 languages, continues to be celebrated for its contribution to Buddhist historiography and its enduring influence on various art forms and public figures.

We have one of the only signed copies in the world and likely the finest copy as well from my extensive research.

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