Item description for Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought?: The Traditional View of Art, Revised Edition with Previously Author's Unpublished Notes (Perennial Philosophy) by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, William Wroth & Roger Lipsey...
This new edition of Coomaraswamy's classic book, considered his most important work on the philosophy of art, includes all of the revisions Coomaraswamy had wanted to add to the original edition.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Oct 25, 2007
Publisher World Wisdom
ISBN 1933316349 ISBN13 9781933316345
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More About Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, William Wroth & Roger Lipsey
One of the great art historians of the twentieth century, Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was born in Ceylon, received a classical education in England, and worked for many years as curator of Asiatic Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was born in 1887 and died in 1947.
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Old Wine in used Wineskins Jan 16, 2008
January 16, 2008
World Wisdom has reassembled Coomaraswamy's Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought?, Ed. William Wroth, originally published by Luzac, London, 1946 from the version published by the Bollingen Press, Princeton, NJ in 1977 -the volume Coomaraswamy / Selected Papers I / Traditional Art and Symbolism, Ed. Lipsey. The compendium of essays now appears in the sequence originally chosen by Coomaraswamy and with the added claim of "hold[ing] the later revisions [Coomaraswamy] intended" for his work. this site has supplied me with an excerpt comprising pages 1-6. These are the opening pages of the essay by which the book is titled. Thus, I have been able to compare these against Coomaraswamy's original and only desk copy -probably received by him from London in August 1946 almost a year before his sudden death. These six pages correspond to pp. 9-14.5 of the original publication. In these five and a half pages Coomaraswamy penned four addenda to his main text and one addendum to the notes (inclusive). Of these, not one has been cited by the editor of the new edition, nor were these cited by the Bollingen edition! Of course, one should not be surprised by that, insofar as the version published by World Wisdom is entirely dependent only on the Bollingen version. This is further borne out by the fact that a very significant mistake in the Bollingen version at the fifth paragraph -p. 3, line 21 of the Wroth version-should be as follows:
...a `word' conceived in intellect...
Of course, the mistake of the Bollingen has been sustained by Wroth simply because the original Luzac publication was never consulted by him! This faux pas, thanks to Bollingen, is perhaps made even more egregious insofar as it was at this very line that Coomaraswamy inserted by hand sometime in his last year of life:
Cf. ëüãïò...Ýí áàôþ, `...word...by itself' or `...within itself', Phaedrus 278 A.
We wonder how the statements made by World Wisdom could possibly be true.
A winning acquisition Nov 4, 2007
This new edition of Coomaraswamy's classic work is a top pick for new age-oriented art and religious libraries: it holds all the definitive revisions he later intended to ad to the book and offers, for the first time, translations of the Greek, Latin, French, German and Italian terms he used. Extensive footnoted references provide solid documentation and bibliographic reference in a fine revised edition certain to prove a winning acquisition for any in-depth, detailed library covering Eastern spirituality and thinking.