Very Good. Item #5508
Edinburgh: J. Ogle / Manners & Miller [et al.], 1812. Third Edition. Octavo; [iv], 291pp +1 ads. Full calf with red leather title card to spine. Boards bumped and worn at corners and spine ends, with rubbing along joints and a good bit of scuffing and smudging to surface. Hinges cracked with suggestion of previous repair, but secure. Endpapers foxed with a couple pencil marks. Earlier ownership name of J. Drysdale in pen at top of title page, else pages unmarked.
Buchanan was a Scottish theologian and minister in the Church of England instrumental in introducing Hinduism, especially the Jagannath tradition (which he called "Juggernaut," and wherein the term was introduced) to American missionary audiences. His Christian Researches in Asia served as an important travel narrative and window into natural and social life in the area beyond just its theological considerations.
This copy from the personal library of journalist and language writer William Safire.