New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1958.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Huston Smith to front free endpaper. 8 1/2" X 5 3/4". xi, 328pp. Lacking dust jacket. Blue cloth over boards, with spine lettered in gilt. Mild edgewear to binding with sunning to spine and top edges and bumping to bottom corners. Small stains to top edge of text block. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A solid signed first printing of influential religious studies scholar Huston Smith's (1919-2016) definitive introduction to the study of comparative religion, basis for the PBS series of the same name, later retitled The World's Religions, and to this day assigned and pored over in college classrooms across the country. Good. Item #4948