London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817. First UK edition. Hardcover. Quarto. xxvii, 565 (2)pp. Rebound without half-title in modern half calf over marbled boards with gilt lettering on spine; raised bands. Dubois was a French Catholic missionary in India, called Dodda Swami by the local people. Dubois is a celebrated author for his early Orientalist work on India, based on personal observations. Translated from the French manuscript.
The author describes the history and practice of casts, Brahmans, various sects, gurus and priest of India, mantras, the defilement of body and soul, rules of politeness, the state of widowhood, the Hindu-Hand-Writing, rules of the Vanaprasthas, Hindu philosophers, the magic practiced by the Vanaprastha Brahmans, of Sannyasi, and various other aspects of the Indian culture. Binding with very light wear along edges, some light foxing on pages at front and back. Pages unopened at top, uncut at bottom and foredge. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #46222