PSYCHEDELIC REVIEW [Issue 1, 2nd Printing] 1st 8 Issues 1963-1966 Ralph Metzner
Volume 1. Issues 1-8
Published by: Psychedelic Review. Cambridge, MA. 1963-1966.
Softback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.
- Illustrated paper wraps are exhibit minimal signs of commensurate age and wear.
- Wraps are gently age-toned and stained with additional wear to individual volumes. Issue 1 exhibits moderate creases down the front left edge along the spine and partially erased writing in pencil to the area of the front upper right corner.
Issue 4 exhibits apparent rubbing a small area of the title, mild creases in portions of the front left edge along the spine and mild edgewear.
Issue 5 exhibits mild indentations and faint ink to areas of the front.
Issue 8 exhibits mild indentations to the area of the front bottom left corner and
a 1" closed tear along the rear bottom edge.
- Corners are gently bumped and rubbed.
- Spines are square and firm with lettering and exhibit creases to Issues 1,2,4 and 8 with apparent rubbing to volumes 2 and 6 and a 1" closed tear to the lowermost portion of Issue 3.
- Binding is firm throughout all volumes.
- Interiors are gently age-toned with additional wear to individual volumes: Issue 4 exhibits creases to the upper corners of pages 374-376, Issue 5 exhibits dogearing to the upper corners of pages 61/62, Issue 7 exhibits faint stains to the upper corners of pages 1-64. Please see photos.
- Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
- Text block edges are gently age-toned with some volumes exhibiting mild stains. Please see photos.
- Ephemera is present and gently age-toned.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
Issue 1 is a stated Second Printing.
The first eight issues of The Psychedelic Review.
Includes a typed six page mission statement with application plus two original prescription forms.
The Psychedelic Review was intended to be an intellectually serious publication, begun by members of the Harvard Psilocybin Research Project. It was published and sponsored by Timothy Leary’s International Federation for Internal Freedom, whose purpose was “to encourage, support and protect research on psychedelic substances,” with the goal of increasing “the individual’s control over his own mind, thereby enlarging his internal freedom.” One purpose of the review was thus apparently to provide a scholarly and intellectual predicate for IFIF’s advocacy.
The original editorial board consisted of Paul Lee, Ralph Metzner, and Rolf von Eckartsberg. The announcement of the new journal indicated an intention to publish articles on visionary plants, the neurophysiological aspects of drug action, the epistemology of transcendent experience, the relationship between mysticism and schizophrenia, and other weighty topics. The goal was to publish “original research reports, scholarly and historical essays, outstanding phenomenological accounts of spontaneous or induced transcendent experiences, and reviews of relevant pharmacological and other literature.” Editorial consultants included Richard Alpert, Timothy Leary, Huston Smith, and Alan Watts.
And, indeed, the journal wound up publishing articles not only by its founders but also by such diverse contributors as R. Gordon Wasson, Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, R.D. Laing, Sir Julian Huxley, and Alain Danielou, although some of its material was reprinted from earlier sources. Beginning in 1967, in the final three issues, both the covers and the content became visibly more — well, psychedelic. The journal ceased publication in 1971.
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