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BY ROBERT NEEDHAM CUST, Late Member of Her Majesty's Indian Civil Service; Hon. Secretary to

the Royal Asiatic Society; and Author of "The Modern Languages of the East Indies." “ We know none who has described Indian life, especially the life of the natives, with so much learning, sympathy, and literary talent.”—Academy.

“It is impossible to do justice to any of these essays in the space at our command. But they seem to us to be full of suggestive and original remarks.”-St. James's Gazette.

“ His book contains a vast amount of information, . of much interest to every intelligent reader. It is, he tells us, the result of thirty-five years of inquiry, reflection, and speculation, and that on subjects as full of fascination as of food for thought. '-Tablet.

exhibit such a thorough acquaintance with the history and antiquities of India as to entitle him to speak as one having authority."-Edinburgh Daily Review.

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“ The essays

Post 8vo, pp. civ.-348, cloth, price 188. BUDDHIST BIRTH STORIES; or, Jataka Tales.

The Oldest Collection of Folk-lore Extant:
For the first time Edited in the original Pāli.

And Translated by T. W. Rhys DAVIDS.

Translation. Volume I. “These are tales supposed to have been told by the Buddha of what he had seen and heard in his previous births. They are probably the nearest representatives of the original Aryan stories from which sprang the folk-lore of Europe as well as India, and from which the Semitic nations also borrowed much. The introduction contains a most interesting disquisition on the migrations of these fables, tracing their reappearance in the various groups of folk-lore legends respectively known as • Æsop's Fables,' the 'Hitopadesa, the Calilag and Damnag series, and even “The Arabian Nights.'. Among other old friends, we meet with a version of the Judgment of Solomon, which proves, after all, to be an Aryan, and not a Semitic tale."-- Times.

“ It is now some years since Mr. Rhys Davids asserted his right to be heard on this subject by his able article on Buddhism in the new edition of the ‘Encyclopædia Britannica.''

"Leeds Mercury. “ All who are interested in Buddhist literature ought to feel deeply indebted to Mr. Rhys Davids. His well-established reputation as a Pali scholar is a sufficient guarantee for the fidelity of his version, and the style of his translations is deserving of high praise."— Academy.

“ It is certain that no more competent expositor of Buddhism could be found than Mr. Rhys Davids, and that these Birth Stories will be of the greatest interest and importance to students. In the Jātaka book we have, then, a priceless record of the earliest imaginative literature of our race; and Mr. Rhys Davids is well warranted in claiming that it presents to us a nearly complete picture of the social life and customs and popular beliefs of the common people of Aryan tribes, closely related to ourselves, just as they were passing through the first stages of civilisation."-St. James's Gazette.

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Compiled and Translated by PAUL ISAAC HERSHON,
Author of "Genesis According to the Talmud,” &c.

With Notes and Copious Indexes.

“ To obtain in so concise and handy a form as this volume a general idea of the Talmud is a boon to Christians at least."-Times.

“ This is a new volume of the Oriental Series,' and its peculiar and popular character will make it attractive to general readers. Mr. Hershon is a very competent scholar. The present selection contains samples of the good, bad, and indifferent, and especially extracts that throw light upon the Scriptures. The extracts have been all derived, word for word, and made at first hand, and references are carefully given."-British Quarterly Review.

“ Mr. Hershon's book, at all events, will convey to English readers a more complete and truthful notion of the Talmud than any other work that has yet appeared.”Daily News.

“Without overlooking in the slightest the several attractions of the previous volumes of the Oriental Series,' we have no hesitation in saying that this surpasses them all in interest."-Edinburgh Daily Review.

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Author of “Yeigo Heñkaku Shirañ."

“A very curious volume. The author has manifestly devoted much labour to the task of studying the poetical literature of the Japanese, and rendering characteristic specimens into English verse.”—Daily News.

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“It is undoubtedly one of the best translations of lyric literature which has appeared during the dose of the last year.”—Celestial Empire.

“Mr. Chamberlain set himself a difficult task when he undertook to reproduce Japanese poetry in an English form. But he has evidently laboured con amore, and his efforts are successful to a degree.”—London and China Express.

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KING OF ASSYRIA, B.C. 681-668. Translated from the Cuneiform Inscriptions upon Cylinders and Tablets in

the British Museum Collection; together with a Grammatical Analysis of each Word, Explanations of the Ideographs by Extracts from the Bi-Lingual Syllabaries, and List of Eponyms, &c.

By ERNEST A. BUDGE, B.A., M.R.A.S., Assyrian Exhibitioner, Christ's College, Cambridge, Member of the

Society of Biblical Archæology. “Students of scriptural archæology will also appreciate the 'History of Esarhaddon.'”Times.

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Book the First.
Together with some Account of the Life and Acts of the Author,

of his Ancestors, and of his Descendants.
Illustrated by a Selection of Characteristic Anecdotes, as Collected

by their Historian,

Translated, and the Poetry Versified, in English,

BY JAMES W. REDHOUSE, M. R. A. S., &c. “A complete treasury of occult Oriental lore.”Saturday Review.

“This book will be a very valuable help to the reader ignorant of Persia, who is desirous of obtaining an insight into a very important department of the literature extant in that language.”—Tablet.

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BY REV. J. LONG, Member of the Bengal Asiatic Society, F.R.G.S. We regard the book as valuable, and wish for it a wide circulation and attentive reading."-Record.

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INDIAN POETRY ; Containing a New Edition of the “Indian Song of Songs," from the Sanscrit

of the “Gita Govinda” of Jayadeva ; Two Books from The Iliad of India” (Mahabharata), “Proverbial Wisdom " from the Shlokas of the Hitopadesa, and other Oriental Poems.

BY EDWIN ARNOLD, C.S.I., Author of "The Light of Asia.” “ In this new volume of Messrs. Trübner's Oriental Series, Mr. Edwin Arnold does good service by illustrating, through the medium of his musical English melodies, the power of Indian poetry to stir European emotions. The 'Indian Song of Songs is not unknown to scholars. Mr. Arnold will have introduced it among popular English poems. Nothing could be more graceful and delicate than the shades by which Krishna is portrayed in the gradual process of being weaned by the love of

• Beautiful Radha, jasmine-bosomed Radha,' from the allurements of the forest nymphs, in whom the five senses are typified.”— Times.

The studious reader of Mr. Arnold's verse will have added richly to his store of Oriental knowledge . infused in every page of this delightful volume. other English poet has ever thrown his genius and his art so thoroughly into the work of translating Eastern ideas as Mr. Arnold has done in his splendid paraphrases of language contained in these mighty epics." —Daily Telegraph. “The poem abounds with imagery of Eastern luxuriousness and sensuousness; the

; air seems laden with the spicy odours of the tropics, and the verse has a richness and a melody sufficient to captivate the senses of the dullest."-Standard.

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Translated from the French with the authority and assistance of the Author.

The author has, at the request of the publishers, considerably enlarged the work for the translator, and has added the literature of the subject to date ; the translation may, therefore, be looked upon as an equivalent of a new and improved edition of the original.

“This last addition to Messrs. Trübner's Oriental Series' is not only a valuable manual of the religions of India, which marks a distinct step in the treatment of the subject, but also a useful work of reference."-- Academy.

“This volume is a reproduction, with corrections and additions, of an article contributed by the learned author two years ago to the ‘Encyclopédie des Sciences Religieuses.' It attracted much notice when it first appeared, and is generally admitted to present the best summary extant of the vast subject with which it deals.”Tablet.

“This is not only on the whole the best but the only manual of the religions of India, apart from Buddhism, which we have in English. The present work is in every way worthy of the promising school of young French scholars to which the author belongs, and shows not only great knowledge of the facts and power of clear exposition, but also great insight into the inner history and the deeper meaning of the great religion, for it is in reality only one, which it proposes to describe."Modern Reviewo.

“ The merit of the work has been emphatically recognised by the most authoritative Orientalists, both in this country and on the continent of Europe, and Messrs. Trübner have done well in adding it to their 'Oriental Series.' But probably there are few Indianists (if we may use the word) who would not derive a good deal of information from it, and especially from the extensive bibliography provided in the notes.' -Dublin Review.

Such a sketch M. Barth has drawn with a master hand, and his bold, clear method of treating his difficult subject is scarcely marred by a translation which would have rendered a less perspicuous style utterly incomprehensible.”—Critic (New York).

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An Exposition of the System of Kapila, with an Appendix on the

Nyāya and Vais'eshika Systems.

BY JOHN DAVIES, M.A. (Cantab.), M.R.A.S. The system of Kapila is the earliest attempt on record to give an answer from reason alone to the mysterious questions which arise in every thoughtful mind about the origin of the world, the nature and relations of man and his future destiny. It contains nearly all that India has produced in the department of pure philosophy. Other systems, though classed as philosophic, are mainly devoted to logic and physical science, or to an exposition of the Vedas.

"Such a combination of words is discouraging to the non-Orientalist, but fortunately for him he finds in Mr. Davies a patient and learned guide who leads him into the intricacies of the philosophy of India, and supplies him with a clue, that he may not be lost in them-nay more, points out to him the similarity between the speculations of the remote East and of modern Germany, however much they may differ in external appearance. In the preface he states that the system of Kapila is the earliest attempt on record to give an answer, from reason alone, to the mysterious questions which arise in every thoughtful mind about the origin of the world, the nature and relations of man and his future destiny,' and in his learned and able notes be exhibits the connection of the Sankhya system with the philosophy of Spinoza,' and 'the connection of the system of Kapila with that of Schopenhauer and Von Hartmann.'"- Foreign Church Chronicle.

“Mr. Davies's volume on Hindu Philosophy is an undoubted gain to all students of the development of thought. The system of Kapila which, is here given in a translation from the Sānkhya Kārikā, is the only contribution of India to pure philosophy. The older system of Kapila, however, though it could never have been very widely accepted or understood, presents many points of deep interest to the student of comparative philosophy, and without Mr. Davies's lucid interpretation it would be difficult to appreciate these points in any adequate manner.-Saturday Review.

“We welcome Mr. Davies's book as a valuable addition to our philosophical library."--Notes and Queries.

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Translated from the Original Text and Classified, with

Comments and Explanations,
By the Rev. ERNST FABER, Rhenish Mission Society.

Translated from the German, with Additional Notes,
By the Rev. A. B. HUTCHINSON, C.M.S., Church Mission, Hong Kong,

Author of “Chinese Primer, Old Testament History.” “The Mind of Mencius” is a Translation from the German of one of the most original and useful works on Chinese Philosophy

ever published. “Mr. Faber is already well known in the field of Chinese studies by his digest of the doctrines of Confucius. In the present volume be gives us a systematic digest of those of Mencius, the greatest and most popular of the disciples of Confucius. The value of this work will be perceived when it is remembered that at no time since relations commenced between China and the West has the former been so powerful—we had almost said aggressive--as now. For those who will give it careful study, Mr. Faber's work is one of the most valuable of the excellent series to which it belongs."-Nature.


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