Foreword by Chao Pu-chu; Complete Chinese text translated by Li-Yung-hsi; xx, 274p., 1 Map, 3 B/W Plts., 19 cm. (First pub. in Peking 1959)
Hsuan-tsang stands out as a pilgrim-scholar, master-translator, epic hero of Chinese narrative literature, and as the most outstanding source for the history and archaeology, philosophy and geography, of India, Central Asia and China. His 'Record' has been translated and annotated in full and several times. His 'Life' written by his direct disciples Hui-Li and Yen-ts'ung was summarised in French by S. Julien in 1853. Its first half was just summarised. As late as 1951, the famous British sinologist Arthur Waley regretted:"…almost everything European writers have said about him is taken, directly or indirectly, from an incomplete or very imperfect French translation of his biography by Stanislas Julien, published nearly a hundred years ago".