Wasson, R Gordon: SOMA. Divine Mushroom of Immortality. Ethno-mycological Studies No. 1. The Hague, 1968. xiii, 381 pp. 2 colour plates from watercolours and 22 other colour and b/w plates (the majority tipped-in). A number of b/w text illus. 30x21 cm. Quarter blue morocco.
Soma was at the same time a god, a plant and the juice of that plant. This is the story of fly agaric, the psychoactive hallucinogen used by shamans since ancient times in rituals throughout Eurasia and Siberia and into the Far East. A wealth of information on the plant and its use. Of particular interest are the accounts of travellers and explorers who witnessed its use - and used it! Truly fascinating and, at times, startling. No. 68 of 680 copies. A fine copy of a beautifully-produced work.
Subjects: Magic Botany
Available, as of: 21/09/2017
Was item 655 in printed List 189.
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