Daode Jing (Translated by Thomas Meyer). Laozi, Lao Tzu.
Daode Jing (Translated by Thomas Meyer)
Daode Jing (Translated by Thomas Meyer)
Daode Jing (Translated by Thomas Meyer)

Daode Jing (Translated by Thomas Meyer)

ISBN: 0974690279
Chicago, IL: Flood Editions, 2005. First Edition Thus. Softcover. Inscribed & signed by Thomas Meyer to Thomas Rain Crowe. "In an unbroken flow of couplets, Thomas Meyer's translation of the Daode Jing captures the supple thought of this ancient Chinese text: "best to be like water/ always useful/ never difficult/ settling in low-lying places..." Here, the insights of Laozi are rendered as conversational rather than scholarly, intimate rather than formal. As Meyer explains in his afterword, "The Daode Jing is table talk. An old man, not holding forth really, but just telling someone what he knows. After dinner, the dishes pushed aside, a glass of whiskey, a cigarette. Or a pub and a pint of beer, even." Conceived as such, this Daode Jing offers a vibrant mixture of paradox and plain sense, humor and compassion." (back cover) A modernized, acclaimed translation of Daode Jing (more commonly known as "Tao-Te Ching"),the classic ancient Chinese text by Laozi (or "Lao-Tzu"), by the respected poet & dedicated translator Thomas Meyer. Near-square trade-format softcover original in sewn binding, a subtly beautiful production befitting its contents. On the sixth page leaf with the text "Translated by Thomas Meyer," Meyer has hand-written, signed & dated during the year after publication, in blank area perpendicular to & below text: "for Thomas/ from/ (signed) Thomas/ at City Lights/ 10 22(?) 2006 (slash slightly overlapping with printed text)." Addressee "Thomas" is Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed poet & publisher who was at the center of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting from San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). "City Lights" may refer to the iconic bookstore in San Francisco, or a bookstore of the same name in North Carolina, where both Crowe & Meyer (a native of England) reside. Crowe's many interests & areas of expertise include the venerable eastern religions & cultures, in the appropriate Beat-&-Beyond tradition. A most desirable literary rarity, especially with this association & provenance. In very fine condition with only slight wear & a few tiny bumps to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; fading-sunning to spine & thin edges of covers. Interior very fine with only miniscule bumps at corners of a few page leaves; otherwise substantially mint. Very Fine. [Item #3795]

Price: $50.00