Berkeley: Regent Press, 1991.
First Edition. Hardcover.
Full-color facsimile edition of all 12 issues of The San Francisco Oracle, a psychedelic newspaper published in Haight-Ashbury between 1966 to 1968 by one of its founders, Allen Cohen. Cohen provides a history of the publication and its contributors. The newspaper and this compilation provide a unique historical record of the 1960s, including work of the Beat poets, contemporary writers, hippies and anti-war protestors such as Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, William Burroughs, Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Buckminster Fuller, Ken Kesey, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and featuring the iconic and colorful graphic artwork of the period.
In his “recollection” of the newspaper, Ram Dass states: “DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? Well, in the 60s many of us not only believed in it, we witnessed it happening through us and around us. We had passed through the doors of perception and found ourselves in the magic theatre, for which the streets and parks, ballrooms and pads were the proscenium arch… We awakened to our own beauty, our divinity, our unity. We mirrored for each other through our minstrels and troubadours an innocence in which idealistic dreams were once again possible…. We saw the vulnerability of the great social institutions and experienced our ability to change them. It was a moment when evolution and revolution found strengths in their resonance with one another.”Item #901211
11-1/4 x 14-1/4", maroon cloth, pictorial endpapers, lvi, 385pp, fully illus. in black & white and psychedelic color, preliminary sections include "Recollections of The San Francisco Oracle" by Ralph Metzner, Abbie Hoffman, Ram Dass, and Stephen Levine; "Origins & Acknowledgements" & "The San Francisco Oracle: A Brief History" by Allen Cohen; "Making the Facsimile" by Peter Montgomery; and "An Additional Historical Note" by J. M. Jamil Brownson.
Rubbing to white margins of the psychedelically illustrated endpapers, internally clean, a tight, crisp, square, unread copy, near fine.The book is large and quite heavy. Please inquire about shipping cost to your locale before ordering.