London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1890. Second Edition. Hardcover. Second Edition, published one year after the First Edition. Crown Octavo, original brown cloth titled and decorated with a pictorial design in black on front & back cobvers, spine titled and decorated in gold, patterned endpapers, 583 pp +  pp ads at rear, Index. Eight inserted plates and 13 drawings or vignettes in the text. Contains a new "Preface to the Second Edition" in which the author discusses reaction to publication of the volume and notes that this edition contains an Index not present in the First Edition. small bookseller's stamp on front paste-down, corners knocked, a sound, very good copy of a scarce work. Very Good. Item #310774
Monier-Williams, a Knight Commander of the Indian Empire, was the second Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University, England. He studied, documented and taught Asian languages, especially Sanskrit, Persian and Hindustani. After his appointment to the professorship Williams declared from the outset that the conversion of India to the Christian religion should be one of the aims of orientalist scholarship. In his book HINDUISM, published by The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in 1877, he predicted the demise of the Hindu religion and called for Christian evangelism to ward off the spread of Islam. Here he treates Buddhism in much the same manner.