London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1890. Item #04303
A Spectacular Late Nineteenth Century 'Pointille' Binding
In an Oriental Design by Rivière & Son.
RIVIÈRE & SON, binders. ARNOLD, Sir Edwin. The Light of Asia or The Great Renunciation. Being the life and teaching of Gautama as told in verse by an Indian Buddhist. London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1890.
Large Paper Edition limited to fifty numbered copies of which this is No. 13, signed by the publisher Charles Whittingham.
Octavo (7 3/4 x 5 inches; 192 x 127 mm.). [2, Limitation leaf], xiv, 252, [1, imprint], [1, blank] pp. Title-page printed in red and black. Inserted portrait frontispiece with original tissue-guard.
Bound ca. 1890 by Rivière & Son in full Royal blue morocco, covers elaborately decorated in gilt and pointille to an Oriental design, spine with five raised bands, also elaborately decorated in gilt and pointille and letterd in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled boar-edges, and wide, richly gilt turn-ins, maroon liners and end-papers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Small bookplate removed from front paste-down. Chemised in the original? quarter brown morocco slipcase, spine lettered in gilt. Fine.
A quite spectacular 'Pointille' binding in an Oriental design.
Sir Edwin Arnold K.C.I.E, C.S.I. (10 June 1832 - 24 March 1904) was an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work The Light of Asia.
The Light of Asia, subtitled The Great Renunciation, is a book by Sir Edwin Arnold. The first edition of the book was published in London in July 1879. In the form of a narrative poem, the book endeavors to describe the life and time of Prince Gautama Siddhartha, who after attaining enlightenment became The Buddha, The Awakened One. The book presents his life, character, and philosophy, in a series of verses. It is a free adaptation of the Lalitavistara. A few decades before the book's publication, very little was known outside Asia about the Buddha and Buddhism, the religion which he founded, and which had existed for about twenty-five centuries. Arnold's book was one of the first successful attempts to popularize Buddhism for a Western readership.
The book has been highly acclaimed from the time it was first published, and has been the subject of several reviews. It has been translated into several languages, including Hindi.