THE BOOK: ON THE TABOO AGAINST KNOWING WHO YOU ARE, by Alan Watts - 1966 [1st printing]


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The Book:

On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

by Alan Watts

First printing.  New York:  Pantheon Books, 1966 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Tan cloth covers are mostly clean, with red ornament. 
  • Boards show some smudges, edgewear.  Corners are bumped. 
  • Spine with red text and black ornament is a little effaced, with crushed ends.
  • Binding is strong. 
  • End papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of age or wear.
  • Interior is gently age-toned, a small mark in the margin at page 101.  See photos.  
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have ink at head, fore edge is untrimmed.  See photos. 
  • PS2023.0913

146 pages. 5.5 x 8.25 inches

Addressing the notion of the individual self separate from the world in which it exists, The Book is one of the many written by Alan Watts (1915-1973).  Born in England, Watts spent his career as a writer and "philosophical entertainer" in California.  He interpreted and popularized Eastern traditions -- Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu -- for a Western audience in books such as The Way of Zen.

A handsome volume written in conversational style.  Following the text is a list of "The Books" that engage with similar questions.

First printing.  

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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