Mushrooms, Russia, and History. Valentina Pavolva Wasson, R. Gordon Wasson.
Mushrooms, Russia, and History
Mushrooms, Russia, and History
Mushrooms, Russia, and History
Mushrooms, Russia, and History
Mushrooms, Russia, and History
Mushrooms, Russia, and History
Mushrooms, Russia, and History
Mushrooms, Russia, and History
Mushrooms, Russia, and History

Mushrooms, Russia, and History

New York: Pantheon Books, 1957.

First edition. Signed by Robert Gordon Wasson on the half title, inscribed to L.A. doctor Marcus Crahan, "This copy of our book I gladly inscribe for Marc Crahan-- [signed] R. Gordon Wasson Los Angeles 5 VI 70." Includes single page TLS on Wasson's letterhead to Crahan dated May 11 1970; Wasson warmly announces he is excited to meet Crahan and his unspecified friends, "I shall be put up at the Bel Air Sands." He regrets that its too early in the season for wild mushrooms and that he now finds store-bought mushrooms "insipid" and "uninteresting." He nevertheless looks forward to their dinner without them. An interesting association: as fate would have it, some of Wasson's work regarding altered mental states was covertly sponsored by the CIA; Crahan happened to be the director of the L.A. County jail where the mysterious, blank-staring alleged assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, was imprisoned and interrogated while standing trial not very long before this inscription.

Copy 325 of 510 numbered copies. xxi, [1], 212, [4]; xii, [213]- 433, [3] pp. Two volumes in green cloth with crimson spine labels, lettered in gilt with gilt topstain. Small pen mark to foot of Vol. I, else Fine volumes in publisher's gray slipcase, lightly stained, Very Good. Lacking protective glassine jackets but with new mylar. An excellent set of this attractive, profusely-illustrated examination of mycology and mushrooms in world history. Quite rare signed. Item #140942220

Price: $16,000.00