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By Filippo De Filippi

First released in 1932.
As good as an intensive creation, this version includes notes to all 4 books, a bibliographical index, a normal index and an index of Tibetan phrases. The advent is very important in that it units the significance of Desideri's challenge within the basic context of the Jesuit Missions to Tibet.
In Desideri's account we obtain the 1st actual basic description of Tibet: from the flora and fauna to the sociological and anthropological elements of the folks and an entire exposition of Lamaism. His is the one whole reconstruction that we own of the Tibetan faith, based totally on canonical texts. And all of this greater than a century prior to Europeans had any wisdom of the Tibetan language.

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Not thinking himself safe at Sera, Desideri retired to the province of Takpó-Khier at eight days‘ journey from the capital, where he found time and opportunity to finish his book. His retirement till April, 1721, with the exception of a few months at Lhasa. In one of his visits to the capital he gave his book to read to his former teacher of Tibetan, one of the among the lamas. It , he tells us, of three volumes, The argued the migration of souls as taught by Buddhism, the second attacked their wrong notion of the Godhead, the third, which was more , gave in the form of a dialogue an exposition of the .

But Freyre . If Desideri preferred to at Ladakh on his own responsibility, he (Freyre) would not thwart him, but himself would go to this third Tibet ―where also Father Andrade had been. Perforce Desideri had at to yield; to all by himself in this inaccessible land entirely cut off from India would serve no purpose. 76 After a two-months‘ , then, at Leh, the two continued their arduous journey across the Tibetan uplands, and at length, six months later, the roofs of the mightly Potala loomed before their eager eyes.

The Florence manuscript, with the exception of a few passages of secondary importance, has all the material contained in the others, though in great part differently arranged. Manuscript B, which has the title Memorie del Viaggio da Roma sin‘ a Lhasa, Cittá capitale del Terzo Thibet, e Missione ivi intrapresa, is full of erasions, of and references, and appears to be an approximate of the Florence manuscript, which had served for the preparing of MS. A for the press. Manuscript A has the addition of a preface, and is addressed generically ―To the Reader‖, and not to a particular person.

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