The Great Liberation (Mahanirvana Tantra) and Tantrik Texts.
Madras, India: Ganesh & Co., 1953. Third Edition. Hardcover. Large Octavo. xviii + 462pp (i) xxviii + (approx 350pp. sanskrit text) + (viiipp adverts). Red cloth with black titling to spine, black titling and yantra design to upper board; blind rules to upper board. Sir John Woodroffe (1865-1936), who also used the pseudonym Arthur Avalon, was a leading jurist who devoted much of his free time to the study of Sanskrit and Hindu religion, in particular tantrism, and was largely responsible for its introduction to the English speaking West. This is one of a number of books / translation that he published on the subject: "The Mahanirvana Tantra" ("Treatise on the great Liberation") is an advaita text comprising mantra and esoteric rituals. Light rubbing and bumping to spine ends and corners; front cover a little darkened in places, edges of text block browned and thumbed. Imprints of small Chinese chop seal on half-title and title-pages, a few finger-marks on title-page, some foxing to margins - mostly in the Sanskrit section. Overall, a solid, bright VG or better copy in shabby dust jacket. (Dust jacket chipped at edges, torn at folds, which have been reattached and/or strengthened with acid free tape on the reverse. Now protected by removable mylar sleeve). Large, heavy volume will require additional shipping on international orders and some US orders. Item #69897