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Robert Gordon Wasson (1898-1986)
The Wondrous Mushroom: Mycolatry in Messoamerica
McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1980. xxvi+248 pages with figures (some in color), maps, plates, tables and index. Folio (12" x 8 1/2") bound in quarter green leather with gilt lettering over beige cloth with decorative black and green to cover in original publisher's cloth slip case. Limited edition number 66 of 475 copies signed by the author. Robert Gordon Wasson studies in ethnomycology began during his 1927 honeymoon trip to the Catskill Mountains when his wife, Valentina Pavlovna Guercken, a pediatrician, chanced upon some edible wild mushrooms. Fascinated by the marked difference in cultural attitudes towards fungi in Russia compared to the United States, the couple began field research that led to the publication of Mushrooms, Russia and History in 1957. It was the curandera María Sabina who both allowed the Wassons to participate in the ritual and who taught them about the uses and effects of the mushroom. Sabina let him take her picture on the condition that he keep it private, but Wasson nonetheless published the photo along with Sabina's name and the name of the community where she lived. Condition: Spine darkened with some soiling, corners bumped else a very good copy in a better than very good jacket.
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