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The list author says: "Here is a list of books that I have found to be informative about early Daoism, also spelled Taoism."
The Illustrated Tao Te Ching
"Excellent translation and up-to-date commentary by Stephen Hodge. Wonderful photographs."
Te-Tao Ching (Modern Library)
"This translation is one of the best. (It's of the ancient copies from Mawangdui.) For those interested, there is also a scholarly exploration of the Mawangdui version of the Daodejing and a second, detailed translation."
Tao Te Ching (Chinese Classics (Hong Kong).)
"Very good translations of two versions of the Daodejing with excellent introduction and supplementary material."
Tao Te Ching: A New Translation with Commentary
"The most extensive commentary I've seen along with a decent translation."
Tao Te Ching
"To date, the only translation of the Guodian Dao De Jing/Laozi (the oldest one discovered). Scholarly book."
The Tao of the Tao Te Ching (Suny Series in Chinese Philosophy & Culture) (Suny Series, Chinese Philosophy & Culture)
"An interesting and insightful historial reading of the Daodejing. The translation itself is less valuable than his commentary and supplementary material."
Lao-tzu's Taoteching: with Selected Commentaries of the Past 2000 Years
"Decent translation, but mostly valuable for the inclusion of selected brief commentaries by esteemed Chinese "masters" over the last 2 millennia."
The Classic of the Way and Virtue: A New Translation of the Tao-te Ching of Laozi as Interpreted by Wang Bi (Translations from the Asian Classics)
"A good translation of the Daodejing with commentary from Wang Bi (3rd century C.E.) by Lynn."
Dao De Jing: A Philosophical Translation
"A translation and commentary of the Laozi for philosophers only. Very scholarly."
Religious and Philosohical Aspects of the Laozi (S U N Y Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture) (Suny Series, Chinese Philosophy & Culture)
"Indispensible book of essays on the Dao De Jing (Laozi)"
"A translation and discussion of the early 4th century BCE "Daoist" text: the Nei Ye. Deals with mysticism and meditation practice."
The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu
"A well-done and enjoyable translation of Zhuangzi."
Chuang-Tzu: The Inner Chapters (Hackett Classics)
"A translation and commentary by the finest sinologists of our time. Concentrates on the *philosophy* of Zhuangzi, but does not cover ALL the chapters."
Wandering on the Way
"A competent translation of all chapters of the Zhuangzi by Victor Mair."
Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries (Hackett Classics)
"A new (partial) translation, with excerpts from numerous Chinese commentators."
The Book of Lieh-Tzu
"Best available translation of this Daoist classic."
The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in Early Han China (Translations from the Asian Classics)
"An excellent new FULL translation of this partially Daoist text."
Yuan Dao: Tracing Dao to Its Source (Classics of Ancient China)
"A good translation of the first chapter of the Huainanzi. Scholarly introduction."
The Taoist Classics, Volume 1: The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary (Taoist Classics (Shambhala))
"Thomas Cleary's translations of the Daodejing (two versions), and parts of the Zhuangzi, Wenzi, Huainanzi and some other texts from Mawangdui."
Wen-Tzu: Understanding the Mysteries
"The only English translation to date of this Daoist text (which borrows heavily from the Huainanzi). Decent translation, but missing parts."
Essays on Skepticism, Relativism and Ethics in the Zhuangzi (S U N Y Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)
"Title is self-explanatory. Insights about what this ancient sage is actually trying to say. Thought-provoking."
Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi (S U N Y Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)
"An insightful collection of essays on the book of Zhuangzi. Especially notable are essays by Chris Jochim and Daniel Coyle."
Hiding the World in the World: Uneven Discourses on the Zhuangzi (Suny Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)
"Another collection of essays on Zhuangzi."
Tao: The Watercourse Way
"A, easy-to-read introduction to Daoism. Typical Alan Watts style writing - light and playful."
Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony
"Good introduction to Daoism with creative explorations of 250 Chinese characters."
Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China
"Arguably the best book on ancient Chinese philosophy by the finest sinologist of our time. Includes good exploration of Daoist philosophy."
The World of Thought in Ancient China
"Well-written discussion of ancient Chinese philosophy. Includes good exploration of Daoist philosophy."
Effortless Action: Wu-wei As Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China
"This is an indispensible book for the student of ancient Chinese philosophy, with key insights about not only the concept of Wuwei "effortless action" but also on many other topics."
Daoism and Ecology: Ways within a Cosmic Landscape (Religions of the World and Ecology)
"Collection of over 25 essays by scholars regarding Daoism and its attitudes (or lack of) towards Ecology."
Five Lost Classics
"Rare translation of silk manuscripts from circa 250 BCE - mostly Daoist political philosophy/policy. Regarded as "Huang-Lao" Daoist material."
The Tao of Zen
"A decent exploration of the ties between early Daoism and Zen Buddhism."
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