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The Doors of Perception.

HUXLEY (Aldous).

HUXLEY (Aldous).

The Doors of Perception.

First Edition. 8vo. [192 x 128 x 10 mm]. 64p. Bound in publisher's blue cloth, lettered in gilt to the spine, with dust wrapper. (Some spotting and chips to dustwrapper and offsetting to endleaves).
London: Chatto & Windus, 1954

In 1953, Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) had his first trip on the Peyote derived psychedelic drug mescalin. Despite his initial scepticism, Huxley had become increasingly intrigued by the idea of psychedelic drugs and how they could open up you consciousness. The title is taken from William Blake's Heaven and Hell, "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, til he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern." This book is widely considered to be one of the most influential texts on hallucinogenic drugs, he opened the way for the Beat generation, Jim Morrison of The Doors named his band after it, and JG Ballard (in an introduction to a later edition) writes that it is more prophetic than Brave New World.

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