BRAHMANISM AND HINDUISM: or, religious thought and life in India, as based on the Veda and other sacred books of the Hindus. Fourth edition, enlarged and improved
London (Madras): John Murray (Higginbotham & Co.), 1891. 4th and best edition, Indian issue, with the Higginbotham spine imprint. Octavo, original brown cloth, sides ruled in blind, spine lettered and illustrated in gilt, green marbled endpapers. pp (xxviii), (604) + frontispiece. Index. Yellowing to page edges; small spot on front cover neatly touched up; scattered foxing and ticks and lines in margins in pencil; soft vertical ridges to spine; Madras, 1910, pencil owner name at front, else a VG+ clean, tight and unworn copy, inner hinges not cracked. First published in 1883 as RELIGIOUS THOUGHT AND LIFE IN INDIA, this new edition "contains so many improvements and additions that it may be regarded as almost a new work." Sir Monier was the second Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University. He taught Asian languages, at the East India Company College from 1844 until 1858. He believed that the conversion of India to Christianity should be one of the aims of oriental scholarship. He once predicted the demise of Hinduism and hoped Christianity would halt the spread of Islam. He was widely credited with the introduction of the word Hinduism into common English usage. 1.5 kg parcel.