Notes: A companion volume to "The Doors of Perception", Huxley's report on his experience with the psychedelic drug mescaline. In this book he considers various sorts of mystical experiences.
This is the first American edition. While Huxley was living in the US at the time of publication (he married Laura Archera in Arizona a few days before this book was published), the British edition is the true first. Based on newspaper review, the London edition appeared about March 2 and this New York edition arrived in stores about March 27. 103 pages.
Edition + Condition: First US edition, first printing (stated). A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with light chipping at the spine. This copy is signed and dated by Huxley in the year of publication.
Huxley signed this copy upside down on the rear flyleaf (this can easily happen by mistake at booksigning if someone is opening books for the author to sign - Huxley did at least one event for this book, at the Franz Bader Bookshop in Washington, DC). Signed trade editions of Huxley's book are rather scarce, particularly those, like this one, published near the end of his life.
Publication: New York: Harper and Brothers, 1956.
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