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A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms : Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-­Hsien of his Travels in India and Ceylon (A.­D. 399-­414) in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline (Illustrated)
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Title: A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms : Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-­Hsien of his Travels in India and Ceylon (A.­D. 399-­414) in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline (Illustrated)

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• The book is an edited and illustrated version of the original one and includes 18 or more unique illustrations which are relevant to its content.
• Several times during my long residence in Hong Kong I endeavoured to read through the "Narrative of Fa-­Hsien;­" but though interested with the graphic details of much of the work, its columns bristled so constantly—now with his phonetic representations of Sanskrit words, and now with his substitution for them of their meanings in Chinese characters, and I was, moreover, so much occupied with my own special labours on the Confucian Classics, that my success was far from satisfactory. When Dr. Eitel's "Handbook for the Student of Chinese Buddhism" appeared in 1870, the difficulty occasioned by the Sanskrit words and names was removed, but the other difficulty remained; and I was not able to look into the book again for several years. Nor had I much inducement to do so in the two copies of it which I had been able to procure, on poor paper, and printed from blocks b

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