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The Hasheesh Eater - Fitz Hugh Ludlow

£50.00

LUDLOW, Fitz Hugh. 
The Hasheesh Eater. 
First edition. 4to. 223pp illustrated text in stiff silver illustrated wrappers. San Francisco: Level Press, 1975. 
Wrappers somewhat worn and creased with a little foxing to the page edges. A good copy of a scarce edition. 

A cool edition of Fitz Hugh Ludlow’s phantasmagoric text. 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 De Quincey- inspired memoir steeped in mysticism caused a sensation when it was published in 1857. The text was taken up again by pioneers of the herb such as Aleister Crowley and the Beat Generation poets. Edited by Michael Horowitz with 12 full-page trippy illustrations by Sätty. The illustrator gives a note at the end advising “visionary experience can be attained without drug use on a natural mind/body level. Do Hatha yoga, take sauna, swim, eat natural foods, learn and you can share yourself with others. Be a real man - be a real woman, enjoy yourself.” 


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