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LEARY, Timothy.

The Politics of Ecstasy.

Published: New York: G. P. Putman's Sons, 1968

Stock code: 91858

Price: £2,250

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First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to Otto Preminger on the half-title, “Hope is charity… Otto is faith… Please continue… Timothy Leary” and with a loosely inserted card signed by Preminger, “Otto Preminger, New York 1945”. In the late sixties Otto Preminger enlisted the help of Timothy Leary to try LSD. The result of the great Hollywood director’s experiment was the 1968 comedy Skidoo, in which Groucho Marx made his last appearance as “God”. Preminger also resorted to Leary’s expertise for the trailer, in which the latter features prominently.

Octavo. Original white cloth, titles to spine and flower design to front board in pink and green, pictorial endpapers, top edge pink. With the dust jacket. Top edge lightly faded. A bright copy in excellent condition in a slightly edge-rubbed price-clipped jacket with some faint creasing at head and tail of spine panel.

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