Biographies of Immortals - Legends of China - Special Edition

This special edition brings together three classic works by Western scholars of ancient Chinese texts The men were family friends colleagues and were all living in Shanghai during the late th century Much of their combined transcription became shaped into the book we know today as the Tao Te Ching China and the Manchus by Herbert Giles is a series of legends and recollections from ancient China ordered by chronology Herbert Giles is also known for creating the first Chinese English Dictionary and helping to develop the system of Chinese translation known as the Wade Giles Romanization System Leaves from My Chinese Scrapbook by Frederic Balfour is a collection of stories legends and anecdotes by a British expatriate scholar who was working for local Chinese newspapers and contributing travel articles to Harpers Magazine Many of these stories are taken from the source scrolls Balfour used to write the ground breaking Taoist Texts in Biographies of Immortals by Lionel Giles is the first partial Western translation of the ancient Chinese book of Liexian Zhuan containing mythic heroes from Chinese history including the Eight Immortals of China Lionel Giles the son of Herbert Giles is also known for his original translation of Sun Tzu s The Art of War as well as The Analects of Confucius

Sun Tzu on the Art of War: The Oldest Military Treatise in the World; Translated from the Chinese with Introduction, and Critical Notes

Excerpt from Sun Tzu on the Art of War The Oldest Military Treatise in the World Translated From the Chinese With Introduction and Critical Notes br Wu Ho Lu said to him I have carefully perused your chapters May I submit your theory of managing soldiers to a slight test Sun ti replied You may Ho Lu asked May the test be applied to women The answer was again in the affirmative so arrangements were made to bring ladies out of the Palace Sun Tzu divided them into two companies and placed one of the King s favourite concubines at the head of each He then bade them all take spears in their hands and addressed them thus I presume you know the difference between front and back right hand and left hand The girls replied Yes Sun ti went on When I say Eyes front you must look straight ahead When I say Left turn you must face towards your left hand When I say Right turn you must face towards your right hand When I say About turn you must face right round towards the back br About the Publisher br Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find more at a target blank href http www forgottenbooks com rel nofollow www forgottenbooks com a br This book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology to digitally reconstruct the work preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases an imperfection in the original such as a blemish or missing page may be replicated in our edition We do however repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works

The Art of War

This compilation of Sun Tzu s i Art of War i Machiavelli s i The Prince i and Frederick the i Great s Instructions to His Generals i is invaluable to strategies at all levels be they on the battlefield or in the boardroom These timeless texts contain proven wisdom helpful to any seeking a strategic edge over their opponents and competitors In combination they truly provide the ultimate advice on the art and science of war as well as the art of life

Musings of a Chinese Mystic

Many of the earliest books particularly those dating back to the s and before are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive We are republishing these classic works in affordable high quality modern editions using the original text and artwork

Analects of Confucius; Translated From the Chinese

The Analects or Lun Yu represents the primary surviving source for the teachings of Confucius the most influential sage in history The book s defining characteristic is its form brief aphoristic fragments each appearing with little supporting context Many of the fragments are assumed to represent the Master s teachings handed down accurately by his disciples Other parts of the text may be apocryphal Regardless the Analects represents as a matter of historical fact the fundamental body of thought that has shaped Chinese civilization for over years It may be argued that these texts have had a deeper impact on more people s lives over a longer period of time than any other book br Thru his practice of self cultivation Confucius became a great sage amp devoted himself to the public good in spite of hunger homelessness amp violence His innovative social philosophy occupied with the practical issues of how society works as a selfless weave of caring relationships remains current today br The Analects has been translated many times by Ezra Pound Arthur Waley Lin Yutang Raymond Dawson D C Lau amp Simon Leys amp the translations vary widely in style amp substance Waley s Analects translated in has dominated the academic marketplace but today seems dated Hinton s translation breathes new life into Confucius s majestic vision of the human community nestled in the primal ecology of a harmonious cosmos

The Art of War: The Oldest Military Treatise In The World

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Taoist Teachings: The Book Of Lieh Tzu (Forgotten Books)

Although Lieh Tzu s work has evidently passed through the hands of many editors and gathered numerous accretions there remains a considerable nucleus which in all probability was committed to writing by Lieh Tzu s immediate disciples and is therefore older than the genuine parts of Chuang Tzu There are some obvious analogies between the two authors and indeed a certain amount of matter common to both but on the whole Lieh Tzu s book bears an unmistakable impress of its own The geniality of its tone contrasts with the somewhat hard brilliancy of Chuang Tzu and a certain kindly sympathy with the aged the poor and the humble of this life not excluding the brute creation makes itself felt throughout br br From Lionel Giles Introduction

Wisdom of the East, the Sayings of Lao Tzu

According to Chinese tradition Lao Tzu lived in the th century BCE Lao Tzu was a central figure in Chinese culture and is widely considered the Father of taoism and author of the Tao Te Ching This book is a compliation of Lao Tzus most seminal philosophies translated directly from the ancient Chinese texts by Lionel Giles prominent Asian Studies scholar and former assistant at the British Museum

The Sayings of Confucius

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The Art of War: The Oldest Military Treatise in the World

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