London: The British Library, (1999),
First Edition. large octavo, black cloth in pictorial dust jacket. (xx), 273pp. The British Library, Item #15008
Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This volume is a groundbreaking project to decipher and interpret the Gandharan texts. It provides a detailed description of the manuscripts and a survey of their contents, along with a preliminary evaluation of their significance. Also included are representative samples of texts and translations. Their discovery sheds new light on the regional character of early Indian Buddhist traditions, the process of the formation of standardized written canons, and the transmission of Buddhism into central and east Asia. Illustrations in color and black and white. Dust jacket sunned a bit at edges, else very fine.