Very Good. Item #003414
London: Macmillan and Co., 1869. First Edition. Octavo; viii + 303, including index and bibliography. Forty-eight line-drawing illustrations, inset within text; full page frontispiece with tissue guard. Wine boards with gilt spine lettering, blind embossed image of prayer wheel on front panel.
Binding shows some scratches and scuffing to crown and foot of spine, both of which are nudged. Note that this is a first edition but does not have gilt within the embossed front panel image or the spine rules. Gilt lettering is bright, however, and binding clean. Joints and hinges solid. Tiny bookseller's sticker—Chas. E. Lauriat Co., Importers & Booksellers, Boston—on bottom of front right endpaper. Many pages unopened; textblock unmarked. Light foxing throughout.
Sampson's survey travels from Tibet, through India, Japan, Persia, Egypt, the Middle East and continental Europe while detailing prayer utensils and practices. His generalizations about formats of prayer reach Joseph Campbell proportions long before Joseph Campbell. An interesting exercise in comparative religion for a popular audience in the late 19th century.