Curator's note: The descriptions and page translations found in the inscriptions field have been provided by Dr Karma Phuntsho, during cataloguing for, 'The Tibetan-Mongolian Rare Books and Manuscripts (TMRBM) project', University of Cambridge. Other copies can be found in the Tibetan Book Resource Center, TBRC: W7494.
This volume is split into fourteen sections only information for the first section is included in the inscription field. There are two duplicate copies of the title page.
Note on inventory card reads, 'Kun Bde Gling edition translated by Roenich colophon on last page'. Hand-written note by Bell on the cloth label reads, 'A20', along with title of pecha in uchen script. An additional inventory card records the notes of Hugh Richardson, dated January 1964, it reads, 'Your copy is as good a one as I have seen, carefully done on good paper. Even though new blocks were carved after 1792, some parts are indistinct. The Lama Ye-Shes Blo brang Bstan pai Mgo po (Rta tshag Rimpoche of Kum Bde Gling) was Regent of Tibet from 1789 on and off until 1810. The inscription on the book label seems misleading. The description Par Rnying should refer to the original edition damaged in Nepal-Tibet War, 1792'.
This is one of two copies that Bell owned of this text, both came from well known sources. Bell records in his book, Religion of Tibet, 'My friend, "Great Minister" Shatra, the wise old statesman who died in 1919, gave me one of my copies of this valuable work. The print, however is often indistinct, and so the Dalai Lama gave me another copy from the same block, and it is on the whole clear. That it is not quite so distinct as the numerous other volumes that he sent me is due, as His Holiness explains in his letter, to the block being old'.
Written by Emma Martin