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Soma, divine mushroom of immortality.
- The Hague, Mouton, 1968. 4to (29.8 x 20.5 cm). xiii., 381, [i] pp., two full colour plates (illustrations), 17 tipped-in full colour photographic plates (I-XV, XXII; plate VIII with two photos tipped in, the second not counted), and six black and white photos (XVI-XX, and one not numbered), 10 numbered text figures, including one unnumbered text figure - possibly number 8 - tinted with red, three maps (labelled A, B, C), one folded chart. Original blue half calf with gilt border and gilt title on the spine. Fore edge uncut.l True first, being number 32 of the limited edition, described in the book as follows: "Of this book 680 copies have been made, designed by Giovanni Mardersteig and set in Dante type, of which two are designed A & B and the others are numbered from 1 to 678. The text and the illustrations have been printed by the Stamperia Valdonegga in Verona, except for the two plates in pochoir, which were executed in Paris by Daniel Jacomet et Cie. The paper was made by hand by Fratelli Magnani, Pescia, and the printing was finished in October 1968". This edition was published in the Hague, and is not a New York, NY Harcourt Brace edition, which is the simpler trade edition published after 1969. Oddly, there are New York copies on the market that supposedly belong to the same limited edition, but in their internet descriptions the number of illustrations (lower in the New York trade edition) is "wisely" not mentioned. This is Ethno-Mycological Studies I (sometimes erroneously listed as "Ethno-Mythological Studies"). In this work the writer, ethnomycologist and banker Robert Gordon Wasson (1898-1986), provides ample evidence for the important role that hallucinogenic mushrooms - in particular the ubiquitous mushroom Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) - play in various ancient and modern cultures. Slipcase wanting, otherwise a fine, unmarked, spotless copy. Volbracht, 2230. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg]
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