"The iconography of the deities worshiped by the Tibetans as protectors and guardians of Buddhism belongs to the least known field of Tibetan Studies": First edition of René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz's magnum opus Oracles and Demons of Tibet
Oracles and Demons of Tibet: The Cult Iconography of the Tibetan Protective Deities.
De Nebesky-Wojkowitz, René.$200.00
Item Number: 88101
The Netherlands: Mouton & Co., Publishers, The Hauge, 1956.
First edition of Czech ethnologist and Tibetologist René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s best-known work, widely considered the foundational text in Tibetan popular religion and deity cults. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated. In near fine condition with some contemporary notes to the text and to the rear panel.
Czech Tibetologist René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz completed some of the most extensive research on Tibetan diety cults throughout the mid-20th century which he published in several articles, and especially in his most important work, Oracles and Demons of Tibet. Nebesky-Wojkowitz's sudden untimely death at the age of 36 (purportedly caused by pneumonia) shortly after the completion of the work led many members of the Tibetan Buddhist community to believe that his death was actually brought on by the wrath of the very protector deities he dedicated his life to studying.
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New York and London: The Queen Anne Press; The British Book Centre, 1953.
Signed limited issue, number 23 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator Reynolds Stone, from a total edition of 1,000 copies. Quarto, original red morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gray endpapers, top edge gilt. Frontispiece woodcut and title page printed in brown, 3 further woodcuts in text printed in black. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Autograph quote signed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. The quote reads, “Only at quite rare moments have I felt really glad to be alive. I could not but feel with a sympathy full of regret all the pain that I saw around me, not only that of men but that of the whole creation. From this community of suffering I have never tried to withdraw myself. It seemed to me a matter of course that we should all take our share of the burden of pain which lies upon the world.” Signed by Schweitzer beneath the quote. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Schweitzer. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 17.5 inches. A unique example, rare and desirable signed by the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
The Trianon Press: Paris, 1966.
Signed limited edition of Lithuanian-born American artist Ben Shahn’s magnificently illustrated retelling of the Haggadah for Passover. Large folio, original wrappers, gilt titles to the front panel, loose leaves as issued, illustrated by Shaun with 21 color pictorial borders and line drawings and an additional double-page color lithograph also signed by him. One of only 228 copies signed by the author, this is number 34. Text printed in Hebrew and English. With a translation, introduction and commentary by Cecil Roth. Near fine in the original glassine which is in near fine condition. Housed in a custom full parchment padded gilt clamshell box with a silver clasp. A beautiful example.
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”: Photographic Portrait of Mother Teresa; Signed by her
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa sharing a chicken with a fellow nun, signed by her, “God bless you M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.75 inches by 12.5 inches.