Tao Te Ching. Version by Stephen Mitchell

By: Lao-Tsu (circa 601-531 BCE) and Stephen Mitchell (b. 1943) translator

Price: $135.00

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Book Condition: Collectible: Like New


LIMITED EDITION of 125 copies, this is copy number 48, SIGNED on the colophon by Stephen Mitchell and Norman Clayton, printed letterpress on Crane letter fluorescent white wove paper from photopolymer plates by Norman Clayton of the Providence Press. Small 4to. 7 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches. [vi], (84) pp. Printer's device on copyright page, text clean, unmarked. Hand-bound in printed stiff paper boards by Molly Dedmond and team, color front cover photograph by Burneta Clayton, the hand-binding has an open spine with signature folds visible, sewn with tied green thread; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Stephen Mitchell and Norman Clayton on the colophon. QQ919-001. Fine. It is not for this thoroughly American bookseller to attempt to describe the Tao Te Ching, "one of the most significant treatises in Chinese cosmogony. As with most other ancient Chinese philosophers, Lao-tsu often explains his ideas by way of paradox, analogy, appropriation of ancient sayings, repetition, symmetry, rhyme, and rhythm. The Tao Te Ching describes the Tao as the source and ideal of all existence: it is unseen, but not transcendent, immensely powerful yet supremely humble, being the root of all things. Lao-tsu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, and the founder of philosophical Taoism. Lao-tsu is a semi-legendary figure of the 6th century BCE; his work has been embraced in China by various anti-authoritarian movements and Chinese Legalism." See Wikipedia for further information. Stephen Mitchell is a poet, translator, scholar, and anthologist. His Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, New York, HarperCollins, 1988, is a best-selling title in the United States. The brief preface to this volume states: "The classic manual on the art of living. In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tsu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao, the basic principle of the universe."

Title: Tao Te Ching. Version by Stephen Mitchell

Author Name: Lao-Tsu (circa 601-531 BCE) and Stephen Mitchell (b. 1943) translator

Categories: Philosophy,

Publisher: Ojai, CA, Providence Press: 2019

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Type: Paperback

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: QQ919-001

Keywords: Lao-Tsu, Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching, Providence Press, Norman Clayton, Chinese Philosophy, Tao, Taoism, Molly Dedmond, Burnets Clayton