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Title:      Zhuangzi, The divine classic of Nan hua
Categories:      Chinese Gems
BookID:      15
Authors:      F. Balfour
ISBN-10(13):      9781944175177
Publisher:      Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date:      2016
Edition:      New
Number of pages:      372
Language:      English
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Mr. Frederic Henry Balfour was the first Sinologue to translate Zhuangzi. He was followed by Mr. Herbert Gile (Zhuangzi, mystic, moralist, and social reformer, 1886) and Dr. Legge (The texts of Taoism, 1891, vols. 1 and 2). Mr. Giles provided an analysis of this first translation in the China Review, 1883, 11:1-15 and Dr. Legge in the preface of his translation (pp. xviii).

In the words of Dr. Legge, “it was no small achievement to be the first to endeavor to lift up the veil from Zhuangzi. Even a first translation, though imperfect, is not without benefit to others who come after, and are able to do better.”
The purpose of this reedition is to provide this first translation for historical and comparative purposes. The language and concepts used in the Zhuangzi are for me so complex and subtle that having several translations at hand is one of the steps to approach this incredibly rich esoteric text.
The reedition includes the update of 824 transliterated terms into pinyin, the addition of the Author’s work, the update of the citations when necessary.

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