Zen and Zen Classics, Twenty-four Essays. Volume Five. R. H. BLYTH.

Zen and Zen Classics, Twenty-four Essays. Volume Five.

Japan: The Hokuseido Press, 1966. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Small octavo. 226pp. Publisher's brown cloth with black lettering to spine and upper cover, appendix and index, b&w frontis, b&w illustrations. Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 – 1964) was an English author, poet and student of Zen Buddhism under D. T. Suzuki. Blyth is best known for his writings on Zen, this being the fifth and final volume in the "Zen and Zen Classics" series, a series on various aspects of Zen, each volume of which was published separately as a stand-alone title. Chapter headings: Zen, Christianity, and Buddhism; Zen and culture; Zen and humour; Zen and reason; Zen and society; Zen, sex, and love; Zen and poetry I; Zen and poetry II; Zen and poetry III; Zen and Shelley; Zen and grammar; Zen and women; Zen in European art; Zen and music; Zen and Japan; Zen and No; Zen and Zen; The history of Zen in the West; Four Japanese Zen monks: Ryokan, Ikkyu, Takuan, Hakuin; Ikkyu's doka; Hakuin's commentary on the Shin-gyo; Rennyo's sayings; Zen and the object of life; Zen and reality; No Japanese Zen, thank you!; Postcript; Index. NOTE: This volume was first published as Volume Seven of the "Zen and Zen Classics" series in 1961. Presumably by the time it was reissued thus in 1966 it was realised that there would be a total of five rather than seven volumes in the series, so it was reissued as "Volume Five."Light damp mark on upper corner of upper board, b&w frontis and illustrations with printed tissue guards, page edges darkened, bookplate on front pastedown, ink stamp on front blank, else a tight, clean VG copy in VG dust jacket (Dust jacket a bit faded and discoloured, all edges and points rubbed and creased, not clipped). Item #63501

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