This book contains the first three sections, probably 10,000 lines or verses, from the Perfecton of Wisdom in 100,000 verses. This is a Buddhist sutra text which has been expanded to an enormous extent by the addition of scholarly commentary and devotional exercises. The Perfection of Wisdom is the central canonical text of the Mahayana Prajnaparamita school. (See catalogue note for lot 210.) Modern scholarship considers that the text was elaborated by a series of additions to a small original core over the period from 50 to 700 AD.