T'AO THE HERMIT: 60 POEMS BY TAO CHIEN, tr by William Acker - 1952 [Signed]


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T'ao The Hermit--Sixty Poems by T'ao Ch'ien (365-427 AD)

by Tao Chien (aka Tao Yuanming)

translated, introduced and annotated by William R.B. Acker

Signed by Acker. London, New York: Thames and Hudson, 1952

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition, with a VERY GOOD+ DJ.

  • Cover features an illustrated drawing of T'AO.
  • Bluish/Grey boards show some signs of light fading.
  • Front top corner is gently bumped.
  • Spine has gilt text against a Bluish/Grey background.
  • Binding is strong and secure.
  • Front endpaper has a gift inscription.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Interior pages are gently age toned. 
  • Title page is signed by the author.
  • Text block edges show some slight foxing.
  • DJ is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • Close examination of DJ reveals some edgewear and shelfwear with a chipped corner to the top edge corner as well as the back shoulder. There is a closed tear along bottom edge. (See Photos).
  • Spine of DJ is also sunned (See Photos).
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • AJ20190702

157 pages. 6 x 9 inches.

For many years past William Acker, American scholar and poet, has steeped himself in the poetry of T'ao Ch'ien, very little of which has previously been rendered into English. This book represents the fruits of his labor. The sixty poems he offers the reader represent the translator's final choice, and they are prefaced by an engagingly written, well-documented account of the life and times of T'ao Ch'ien, who is one of China's most revered poets. 

T'ao Ch'ien (365-427) was one of China's literary greats. A master of the five-word shih style, his influence on Eastern writing and poetry cannot be denied. "Tao Yuanming represents the most perfectly harmonious and well-rounded character in the entire Chinese literary tradition. There is a simplicity in his life, as well as in his style, which is awe-inspiring and a constant reproach to more brilliant and more sophisticated natures." [Lin Yutang, in The Importance Of Living (1937)]

Dr. William R. B. Acker (1907-1974) studied and embraced East Asian art, literature and philosophy. A professor of Chinese language and culture at Ghent University, his experience and studies of Zen and Kyudo added to his translation. Scholar's consider his work to be more literal than Herrigel's more mystical take on similar topics.

EDITION POINTS: Titled page flat Signed by translator, with gift inscription also presumed by author.

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