The Doors of Perception

HUXLEY, Aldous. The Doors of Perception.

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HUXLEY, Aldous. The Doors of Perception. London: Chatto & Windus, 1954.

8vo. Blue cloth boards lettered in gilt to spine, with colourful unclipped printed dust wrapper designed by John Woodcock; pp. 62, [ii]; some light offsetting to endpapers, edges slightly toned with some spotting; a very good copy in wrapper which has retained much of its brightness, lightly sunned to spine with some nicks to head and foot; some spotting to reverse and lower panel; overall a very good copy.
First edition.
The Doors of Perception depicts Huxley's psychedelic experience after taking the drug Mescalin. The title is coined from William Blake's poem 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell', in which he writes "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern".