Buddhism - Ozeray, Michel-Jean-François
Recherches sur Buddou ou Bouddou … Paris 1817 [sold]
Recherches sur Buddou ou Bouddou, Instituteur religieux de l’Asie Orientale […] — Paris, Brunot-Labbe, 1817.
8vo (203 x 125 mm). XXXV, (1), 137, (2) pp. Contemporary half-leather, gilt title and fleurons on spine. Head and foot of spine and joints rubbed. Half-title with a short marginal tear.
¶ „The First Western Book on Buddhism and Buddha … A pioneering work on Buddha and Buddhism … Ozeray’s book represents a landmark in the history of the Western discovery of Buddhism … [It] shed a fair amount of light on living Buddhism in Asian countries and deserves to be recognized as a pioneering contribution to Western knowledge about his religion and its founder … Ozeray managed to stake out a field that is today belabored by many researchers who focus on actual religious practices and beliefs in Asian countries. They may discover that Ozeray’s early 19th-century glimpse of Asia’s greatest religion is rather more congruent with modern fieldwork than the vision prevalent in the vast majority of today’s popular books on Buddhism … “ (Urs App, The First Western Book on Buddhism and Buddha. Ozeray’s Recherches sur Buddou of 1817. Wil 2017)