The Analects of Confucius
translated from the Chinese with an Introduction and Notes by Lionel Giles
Illustrated and with paintings by Tseng Yu-Ho
From the Easton Press Collection of 100 Greatest Books Ever Written.
Easton Press bound in full honey-chocolate-color leather with raised bands on spine, 22kt gold gilt titles and handsome gilt decorations on boards and spine, moire silk endpapers with a matching silk ribbon placeholder bound in.
In Very Good / Near Fine Condition. Previous owner's book plate is inisde.
The Analects are a collection of Confucius’s sayings brought together by his pupils shortly after his death in 497 BC. Together they express a philosophy, or a moral code, by which Confucius, one of the most humane thinkers of all time, believed everyone should live. Upholding the ideals of wisdom, self-knowledge, courage and love of one’s fellow man, he argued that the pursuit of virtue should be every individual’s supreme goal. And, while following the Way, or the truth, might not result in immediate or material gain, Confucius showed that it could nevertheless bring its own powerful and lasting spiritual rewards.