Sign In | Register
CREATIVITY AS A MANTIC PROCEDURE OF THE INTUITIVE FUNCTION by  Richard Oviet] [Tyler - Paperback - First Edition - 1960 - from W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera and


by [Tyler, Richard Oviet]

Condition: Near fine

New York: Hand Set & Printed by Michael Martin & David Lewis, apprentices at Uranian Press N.Y.C., 1960. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Bifolium, [4] pp., with 2 inserted leaves (printed rectos only), all 12 x 9 inches, printed in red and black on brown paper. Light wear at edges, 1¾- inch crease in outer edge of first leaf, else near fine.

The existential manifesto of the Uranian Press, presenting the original basis of Tylers integrative vision of art, life, creativity, and journeys through forms of consciousness. Its main text, printed in three pages on a bifolium, is supplemented with two broadside inserts, one of which introduces the manifesto: In this this paper Creativity is to be understood in the sense of a Self Documented life work toward a more fully integrated individual, able to bridge consciousness between these states, & impart the result in a symbol system seeking to evolve self transcendence to the point of holding in consciousness the knowledge of unity with the universe. From his decision to leave Chicago in 1958 to his final years conducting underground tattoo and burial ceremonies under the aegises of the Uranian Phalanstery and the First New York Gnostic Lyceum Temple, Tyler was committed to the vision outlined in this document. He also increasingly came to know the very real dangers with which exploration of this dark & terrible, spaceless primordial realm is fraught. He warns in both Creativitys main text and a second broadside insert about these risks: demon possession, the nihilistic necromancer becom[ing] the False Magician, the Yang & Yin balance of Violent, vandalistic, nihilistic, Murderous destruction. Stefan Brecht, who dedicates a chapter of his history of the Bread and Puppet Theater to Tyler, suggests that Tyler ultimately succumbed to those dangers, casting him as both an influence on and a kind of antithesis to Bread and Puppets founder, Peter Schumann. In their early acquaintance, the two had both seen the threat of nuclear war as crucial, contemporary fact, saw it as a symptom of the preponderant form of madness, rational madness, and saw as only salvation a mass transformation of consciousness from the intellectual to the intuitive (Brecht, p. 68). Whereas Schumanns sacrifice of consciousness, however, called on radical love traditions and archetypes from Christian sources, leading him to become a major, transformative player in the peace movement, Brecht contends that Tylers art was stuck in the sacrifice alone the mission is reported on, not any achievement of it (p. 66). Peter Schumanns son, Max Schumann, himself remembers Tyler as part genius, part madman and has long been engaged with his art and philosophy, recently curating the first major retrospective of Tylers work, The Schizophrenic Bomb, at Printed Matter. He contrasts Tylers work not with Bread and Puppets but with the commercial gallery culture surrounding Tyler on one hand and insipid New Age movements that emerged around him, using similar symbolic systems, on the other. Tyler defied them all to the end, not only not being engaged or aspiring to high art or the institutions of arts just completely not recognizing the values and remaining fully committed to an integrated art-life practice that never yielded its dark, death current to facile spiritual formulas (Lynch, 2017). A rare and significant document in postwar psychic exploration and American antiestablishment art. OCLC records two copies, at Northwestern and the Harry Ransom Center.Sources: Dennis Lynch, "Rolling Out a Slice of Village Art Psychedelia," in [online publication], April 6, 2017.

  • Bookseller: W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 711
  • Author: [Tyler, Richard Oviet]
  • Format/binding:Softcover
  • Book condition: Used - Near fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Hand Set & Printed by Michael Martin & David Lewis, apprentices at Uranian Press N.Y.C.
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1960
  • Keywords: American literature, art, modern art, avant garde, psychology, religion, mythology, Jung, New York, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, East Village, ephemera, broadside
  • Bookseller catalogs: Religion; Social Movements;


Review this book (Want a chance to win $50? Log-in or create an account first!) (You'll be automatically entered for a chance to win $50!)

Help & frequently asked questions


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the crispne...[more]
First Edition
In collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in cases ...[more]
Very generally, "leaves" refers to the pages of a book, as in the common phrase, "loose-leaf pages."A leaf is a single sheet bou...[more]
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a ...[more]


$5.00 shipping to USA

More shipping options >

Add to wishlist

A Brief History of Miniature Books

Collecting Miniature Books

Teeny, tiny, beautiful books...the world of miniature books is one that involves a lot of imagination and craftsmanship. Dive in and see!

RIP (Please) George Romero: Modern Master of Zombie Horror

RIP (Please) George Romero: Modern Master of Zombie Horror

George Romero co-wrote and directed Night of the Living Dead in 1968, a film that inspired the modern zombie craze and made an indelible mark on American cinema. Come this way, horror fan...