Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1968. First edition in a first state dust jacket. Hardcover. 196pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Black cloth over boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. The extremities are lightly rubbed, and there is a previous owner's ink stamp on the front free endpaper. In a dust jacket, with rubbing, moisture staining to the lower half of the front panel and moisture rippling to the rear panel, a number of small losses from the edges, and a 3" closed tear along the fold of the rear inside flap. There is a minor numerical notation in pen on the front inside flap. Very good / good. Item #60107
Based on Peruvian-born anthropologist Carlos Castaneda's travels to the Southwest, beginning in the summer of 1960, while a student in the school of anthropology (University of California, Los Angeles), for the purpose of collecting information on the medicinal plants used by the Indians of the area.
A record of Castaneda's experiences during five years as a student of don Juan, a Yaqui Indian shaman. In this series of remarkable dialogues, Castaneda sets forth his partial initiation into don Juan's perception and mastery of "nonordinary reality." He relates how peyote and other plants sacred to the Mexican Indians are used as portals to the mysteries of "dread," "clarity," and "power."