Title The Cotton-clad Mila, The Tibetan Poet-Saint's Life in Pictures
Book Condition Very Good Minus
Edition First Edition Thus
Size 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
Publisher Stockholm, Sweden Statens Etnografiska Museum 1952
Seller ID 007649
This is Publication 36, The Sino-Swedish Expedition, Reports from the Scientific Expedition to the North-Western Provinces of China under the Leadership of Dr. Sven Hedin. Printed and bound in Sweden. 11.75 x 9.25 inches. Plain paper wrappers, much faded to a brownish-beige. Black-stamped lettering to the front and to the spine. Generally unbumped spine head and tail, with lightly bumped corners. With color frontispiece (Pl. VIII), 126 numbered pages, map of Milaraspa's pilgrimages, and with XXX monochrome plates, all full-page on semi-glossy stock. A very clean copy. Many of the pages unopened, hence the book only partly read. A Very Good Minus copy. "There are some human beings who appeal to the imagination of their fellow-creatures far outside their own place and their own time... Saint Francis of Assisi, Hildegard of Bingen... the Tibetan poet-saint Milaraspa. The two chief sources of knowledge concerning Milaraspa are a Life and the so called Hundred Thousand Songs, both edited in block prints... The paintings [shown in this book] originate from Nepal. The style is a mixture of Indian and Chinese components... These... paintings should not be judged as art... But the paintings are of scientific interest and value because of their faithful, detailed and complete depiction of the Milaraspa legend. They also illustrate superbly many ethnographical deteails and lamaistic ceremonies."