1955 · New York
A prominent modern scholar of East Asian culture here presents the Japanese Buddhist monk Ennin's nine-year visit to ancient China, one full of triumphant wanderings as well as tribulations, basing his text on Ennin's diary and at times using his own words to describe Chinese daily life and culture as the diarist experienced and observed them firsthand in the 9th century. A 12th-century, idealized color portrait of Ennin serves as frontispiece.
An American born and raised in Japan, Edwin O. Reischauer (1910–90) was the founding director of the Japan Institute at Harvard University and United States ambassador to Japan from 1961 to 1966
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard. Publisher's brown cloth with white lettering and decoration to spine and white emblem to front board, pictorial endpapers giving a map of the travels, in original pictorial dust jacket. Volume with extremities faintly rubbed; jacket faintly soiled with spine sunned, edges worn with a few chips and tears. Page edges very slightly age-toned. => A sound reading copy and actually something more than that. (Inventory #: 38349)