The Hasheesh Eater with: Ephemera. Fitz Hugh Ludlow.
The Hasheesh Eater with: Ephemera
The Hasheesh Eater with: Ephemera
The Hasheesh Eater with: Ephemera
The Hasheesh Eater with: Ephemera
The Hasheesh Eater with: Ephemera

The Hasheesh Eater with: Ephemera

San Francisco, CA: Level Press, 1975. Limited First Edition Thus. Softcover. "The Hasheesh Eater is the first full-length study of the psychological states and physiological effects of psychoactive drug use in American literature. Written by a 20-year-old college student, this (Thomas) De Quincey-inspired memoir steeped in mysticism caused a sensation when it was published in 1857. Since that time it has been generally ignored and forgotten, except by a few pioneers of marijuana research, writers like Aleister Crowley, and the poets of the Beat Generation. Here is the complete and unabridged text supplemented with an introduction, chronology, bibliography, bio-critical data, and pictorial materials from the archives of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library." (from back cover) The cult-classic, pioneering memoir-treatise on drug use & its effects by Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1836-1870). First published in 1857, this lavish edition from well over a century later is edited & with an introduction by Michael Horowitz, then-director of the FHL Memorial Library in San Francisco, of which this is an official edition per title page. With front cover illustration by (Wilfried) Satty (1939-1982), the noted German-American graphic-collage artist, in collaboration with David Singer; & with illustrations & graphics throughout by both artists. Large-format softcover in perfect-glued binding, first printing as stated on copyright page, one of an edition of 5000 in addition to 300 hardbound copies signed by Satty as noted thereon. From the collection of the late Erin Black Matson, the poet-artist who, along with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation- morphing into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were colleagues & protégés (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al., & were both undoubtedly influenced along with their Beat-&-Beyond contemporaries by Ludlow's way-ahead-of-his-time insights that are preserved in this volume, a "...masterpiece of phantasmagoria" (back cover). We found & have retained, between pages 196-197, a color copy of an artwork by Robert Lavigne (1928-2014), one of his exemplary paintings of a male nude, almost certainly Peter Orlovsky- an image similar to that which riveted Allen Ginsberg & led to their lifelong partnership. The artwork itself, & the pages for which it serves as a bookmark, were certainly of significance to Erin. A very important, foundational collectible of American drug-related literature with distinguished provenance. In relatively good-to-near-fine condition as befits its long ownership & use by Erin, who was a tried-&-true Beat-Bohemian to the end: Moderate rubbing, scratching, creasing & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; several thin horizontal cracks across lower spine with very slight loss of surface paper; moderate rubbing, browning, spotting & spot-staining to edges of text block. Interior fine with Handwritten reference to "Erin's Lending Library" at blank upper left margin of copyright page; mild browning, moderate spot-staining to blank inner front cover; mild browning to page leaves & inner back cover; tiny bumps at corners of some leaves. Ephemera near-fine with mild wear, tiny bumps, creases & short, closed tears at edges & corners esp. left edge where it protrudes outside text block. Good- Near Fine. [Item #4780]

Price: $40.00