London: Oxford University Press, 1963. Original cloth. Second edition, third impression. Octavo, 22.5 x 16 cm, xxviii, 315pp., col. frontis., index. The upper and lower spine of Dustjacket chipped with minor losses, now protected. Bound in original green cloth with gold blocked design on front and spine, bottom and fore edges uncut. A note on the inside flap of the dustjacket is initialed and the initials are repeated on the top corner of the front paste-down. Fine / good. Item #584
Jetsün-Milarepa is considered one of Tibet’s most famous yogi saints, poets and teachers, despite having early in his life committed murder to avenge a family wrong. Regretting this action, he found a lama to learn from and is said to have been the first to achieve enlightenment within one lifetime. His writings are canonical Mahayana Buddhist texts which emphasize the temporary nature of the physical body and the need for non-attachment.
Walter Yeeling Evan-Wentz is best known for publishing an early English translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead in 1927. The note on the inside flap of the jacket reads: "The first Great Buddha was born about 560 B.C. at a place where Oudh and Nepal are now named. His name was Guatama Siddhartha The Buddha." The repeated initials appear to be 'EW' (or 'Ev'), leading this bookseller to check an example Evans-Wentz's own handwriting and initials, but the differences are too great to claim a match.