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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
San Francisco, Level Press, (c. 1973). A "transmission" by Leary from Folsom Prison, timed with the arrival of the comet Kohoutek. This is a photocopy of nine pages of typewritten text on five stapled pages. The last page reproduces a hand-drawn yin-yang symbol with eight trigrams around it and references one of the hexagrams of the I Ching -- none of which appeared in the published version of this book, which was done by the Level Press and issued as a booklet; this version presumably preceded. According to Leary's bibliographer and the woman who typed Leary's manuscripts for him, including Starseed, this could have been made from Leary's own typescripts (she would have corrected the typos, she said) and issued in small numbers prior to the formal publication. A similar process took place for Neurologic, which was published in late 1973 but had a stapled, prepublication issue done in May of that year that the bibliographer called a "trial issue." Starseed was formally published in September of 1973, and this version -- if what the principals say is correct -- would likely have been done sometime around the time that the Neurologic "trial copy" was done (Neurologic was formally published slightly later in the year than the Level Press Starseed). In any case, an extremely scarce variant of one of Leary's scarcer books, unseen by the bibliographer or by Leary's typist. Near fine. [#030748] $1,500
Studio City, Kno Ware, 1990. Monographs, 1980-1990. Ten of Leary's scholarly monographs, desktop published on a Los Angeles couple's Macintosh, with Leary's permission, in 1990. Signed by Leary. Comb-bound sheets with pictorial cardstock cover. Scarce: there is no indication of how many of these were done, but it is doubtful it had any widespread distribution. Near fine. [#027400] $350
Berkeley, Ronin, (1990). The first Ronin edition of this 1968 collection of essays comprising Leary's manifesto on the psychedelic experience. Leary was the most high-profile advocate of the value of the LSD experience, and in these essays he makes his case in as straightforward a manner, and as mainstream a vehicle, as he ever did. Inscribed by the author in 1993. Minor spine crease, near fine in wrappers. [#027399] $175
(Culver City), (Peace Press), (1979). Volume V of the Future History Series. Writings by Leary (mostly), using the Tarot deck as a recurring metaphor/explication. Robert Anton Wilson is credited with the "Historical and Scholarly Scripts." Inscribed by Leary in 1993. Quarto. Owner blindstamp to first page and small label removal abrasion there; pages darkening; still near fine in wrappers which have been laminated to protect them. [#027396] $125