Maggs Bros Ltd

Neurologic. Transmitted by Joanna and Timothy.

LEARY Timothy & Joanna (1973.)

£125.00 

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

Third edition. Small 8vo., endpaper, [3pp.], I1-I4, II1-II2, III1-III2, IV1-IV6, V1-V3, VI1-VI4, VII1-VII13, endpaper, stapled, in the original stiff white card wrapper, title in black on upper portion, one of a 1000 copies signed and handnumbered by the publisher (this one out of series), a contemporaneously signed, inscribed and dated presentation copy to Miles [Barry Miles] from Betsy [Grace Klein]. N.p. [Los Angeles], Joanna Leary, copyright

The full inscription on the front free endpaper in green ink reads: "For Miles- It is time- Love, Betsy 1/27/74".Near fine. Scarce. Provenance: Miles to the Ludlow Santo Domingo Library thence to Maggs, old LSD Library classmark in pencil in rear. Horowitz A13c. who describes it as "First edition, first issue" and collates a first and a second issue of a "Trial edition". In an editorial note Horowitz et al cite this title as a good example of the complexities of tying down the correct state and issue of a publication. This was one example of a work that was written whilst Leary was detained in prison by the US Government. In the space of one year, it was issued as a photocopy, the two 'trial' editions, then as two 'underground editions' (with five states of the second), finally appearing as a 'proper' book. This 'neurological' tract is a melange of transcendentalist and Rosicrucian ideas, space migration theory, abnormal psychology, popular chemistry, physics and genetics written in a cybernetic jargon. A panegyric to L.S.D., the drug is elevated to the status of an elixir to cure all of humanity's mental, religious and sexual ills.

A good association copy, Klein was a friend of the Learys who typed up the original typescript for the first trial edition and also apparently appeared on The Fugs second album.

Stock Code: 134584