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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values.

by Robert M. Pirsig

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London, UK Bodley Head , 1974. Hardcover First Edition UK [1974], so stated. First Edition UK [1974], so stated. Very Good+: shows very light wear to the extremities, with a little crimping to the heel of the backstrip and very mild crimping to the head of same; very faint thumbing at the fore edge; barely discernible soiling to the panels; the corner tips very mildly bumped. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of underlining, hi-lighting, notations, or marginalia. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. A handsome copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing mild wear and minor cosmetic flaws. Not far from 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.75 x 5.65 x 1.3 inches). 412 pages. Brown paper over boards with gilt titles at the back strip. Language: English. Weight: 1 pound, 5.4 ounces. Hardback: Lacks DJ. Enduring cult classic that has sold millions of copies worldwide since it was first published. The study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of the process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon.The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called 'yourself' .

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values is the first of Robert M. Pirsig's texts in which he explores his Metaphysics of Quality. The 1974 book describes, in first person, a 17-day motorcycle journey across the United States by the author (though he is not identified in the book) and his son Chris, joined for the first nine days by close friends John and Sylvia Sutherland.




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