Integral Yoga Hatha.New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971 Stock Code: 141172
NotesFirst edition, first printing, paperback issue. A highly appealing presentation copy, with a typed letter signed from artist and Satchidananda devotee Peter Max to Buckminster Fuller, on Max's eye-catching Pop Art stationery, the letterhead reading "An Important Message from The World of Peter Max". In the language of the day, a deeply groovy provenance.
Letter in full: "My Dear Mr. Fuller, Love and Blessings, it gives me great pleasure to share with you the great work of my beloved teacher who has helped me so much in the recent years to understand the nature of life and its sublime purpose. May this book give you what it has given me and bring fulfilment to your life, Peace and Joy, Peter Max".
Max was the key figure in inviting Satchidananda (1914-2002) to New York in 1966, having met him in Paris while working on the Conrad Rooks film Chappaqua. Famously, Satchidananda appeared at Woodstock, "with an invocation of peace and love, to mark the opening of the festival" (Evans and Kingsbury, Woodstock: Three days that rocked the world, 2009, p. 77). He was the founder of Integral Yoga, which combines the six branches of classical yoga philosophy and practices derived from Hindu philosophy. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), the visionary inventor and designer best known for his geodesic domes, had an active interest in Hindu philosophy and the problems of overpopulation and the uneven distribution of global resources. Remarkable footage exists of Fuller "in conversation on utopian aspirations, rational design, and Spaceship Earth with a group assembled on Hippie Hill, San Francisco, at the height of the counterculture movement" (architecturefundation.org.uk, retrieved 28 September 2020).
Quarto. Original pictorial card wrappers. Housed in smart custom saffron-coloured cloth chemise and slip case.
Wrappers lightly rubbed and showing a touch of shelf wear, inner hinge slightly stained where original adhesive has dried, joint a little delicate, stain to inner front cover where letter from Peter Max had previously been mounted. A very good copy.
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