The Path of Purity being a translation of Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga
by Pe Maung Tin proffesor of Oriental Studies, University of Rangoon
Publication: 1923, 1929, and 1931- Published for the Pali Text Society by Oxford University Press; London, NY, Melbourne, and Bombay
A rare First Edition set of this important work The Path of Purity by Pe Maung Tin which was the work which would earn Maung the B. Litt. from Oxford. The books consist of a full English translation of the Visuddhimagga, an encyclopedia of the dhamma written by Buddhaghosa.
Each volume was printed in its respective year of release (Volume 1 in 1923, Volume 2 in 1929, Volume 3 in 1931)Hence, making this set particularly difficult to find complete, much less likely in good condition, with only one current institutional holding of a complete set (Geneva).
"Pe Maung Tin had quite the distinguished career. He graduated with a B.A. degree from University College, Rangoon in 1909 and an M.A degree from the University of Calcutta n 1911. Pe Maung Tin became the first national professor of Pali language at University College, Rangoon, and also, at the age of 24, the youngest professor in Burma in 1912. The position came with the post of librarian of Bernard Free Library and the job of Honorary Secretary of the Burma Research Society as well as editor of its journal JBRS.He was called "M.A. Maung Tin" or "Pali Maung Tin" because of his knowledge of Buddhism...Pe Maung Tin became principal of University College, Rangoon University, in 1937. In 1939 he was elected president of the Burma Research Society....In 1957-58 Pe Maung Tin visited the U.S.A to lecture on Buddhism at the University of Chicago which awarded him an honorary doctorate....In 1957-58 Pe Maung Tin visited the U.S.A to lecture on Buddhism at the University of Chicago which awarded him an honorary doctorate."
Condition: All volumes bound in dual cloth; white cloth to spine with gilt title, year, and publisher to each volume, brown cloth to front board with gilt title to each volume, all pages remain clean, some minor rubbing to the spines, volume 2 with corners bumped, overall the set is approaching Near Fine