Very Good. Item #9091
Princeton: Princeton University Press, Bollingen Series LXXXIX, 1977. Octavo (23.5x15.5x2.5cm); xxxviii + 580pp, including general index and indexes for Greek, Sanskrit and Pali terminology. Twenty-three B&W images. Coated card covers with photograph on front. One small lacuna to coating on rear surface; spine uncreased and uncracked; textblock clearly perused but unmarred and unmarked.
Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), famous mysticizing and cosmologizing introducer of Indian art to the West, would eventually be one of the chief influences, direct and indirect, on Joseph Campbell. (Who was also taken up by the Bollingen illuminati.)
The essays in this volume are drawn from the period of Coomaraswamy's position at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (1832-1947), and mainly treat Indian art and religion, but also glance at medieval art, Persia, Shaker furniture, and Sir Gawain. All gathered in under his cosmological eye.