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												Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality (limited issue, 1/680 copies) by  R. Gordon Wasson
	 - First printing
			 - 1968
		 - from Passages Bookshop (SKU: 4592)

Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality (limited issue, 1/680 copies)

Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality (limited issue, 1/680 copies)

by Wasson, R. Gordon

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New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1968. First printing. 381 pp., 8.5 x 12 inches. One of 680 numbered copies, designed, set, and printed by Giovanni Mardersteig at the Stamperia Valdonega on paper handmade by Fratelli Magnani. Illustrated with two pochoir plates produced by Daniel Jacomet et Cie in Paris (reproducing watercolors by Charles Poluzzi, Geneva), twenty-two tipped-in color plates, and fourteen black-and-white text figures and maps. Ethno-mycological Studies No. 1.

A fine copy, with a few stray, faint marks to the cover, in a near fine slipcase with some scuffing to one side.

The limited first issue of Wasson’s famous and influential study, in which he proposed that the ritual intoxicant referred to as “soma” in ancient Vedic texts was in fact the psychoactive fly agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria), used by shamans in Siberia and elsewhere. With a chapter, “The Post-Vedic Hsitory of the Soma Plant,” by renowned scholar Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty. A foundational text for psychedelic research.


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Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality (limited issue, 1/680 copies)
Wasson, R. Gordon
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Passages Bookshop stocks fine, rare, and unusual books and graphic art, with a concentration on modern and contemporary literature and art (particularly poetry and the avant-garde), artist's books, fine printing, and the book arts. The successor to New York City's Bridge Bookshop (late 1980s), Passages opened in Albuquerque in 1994 and relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1997. In November of 2015 we moved to a new retail shop and gallery centrally located in Portland's east side, two blocks north of the convention center, where we are typically open Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 pm, as well as by appointment or chance. Proprietor: David Abel,


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