MCKENNA, Terrence. True Hallucinations. Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise. New York: Harper Collins, 1993.
8vo., green publisher's cloth-backed boards, backstrip lettered in bronze; top stain green, else untrimmed; in the original unclipped dust jacket designed by Nita Ybarra, with illustration by Peter Siu; pp. [vi], vii-xii, 237, [vii]; dark cream endpapers; perhaps a tad pushed to head and foot and offset to endleaves, but by all intents and purposes a fine, and indeed beautiful copy.
Stated First edition, with full number line 1-10. Inscribed by McKenna to the half title: "“To Houlihan - Our best adventure. Enjoy! Terence McKenna”. Also included is a laid-in flyer for a promotional reading in LA by McKenna: "'Special Event! Live at UFO Expo West the debut of True Hallucinations'.
In March 1971, Terence McKenna, his brother Dennis and a small band of intrepid travellers set off for the Colombian rainforest in the hopes of experimenting with ayahuasca. Along the way, however, they became waylaid in the small village of La Chorrera after discovering a field of psilocybin mushrooms. What followed was a series of "experiments" during which Dennis underwent a sort of transpersonal psychotic break and became convinced he had discovered a proto-linguistic ability capable of manipulating time and space. True Hallucinations is an engrossing account of these experiences, in which Leary outlines Dennis' increasingly complex theories in his unique and meticulously lucid prose.
McKenna, who died in 2000, was the third and possibly last in the line of psychedelic visionaries and charismatic leaders after Aldous Huxley and Timothy Leary. Among other theories, he developed the concept that the transformation from humans' early ancestors Homo erectus to the species Homo sapiens mainly had to do with the ingestion of hallucinogenic mushrooms - otherwise known as the 'stoned ape' theory.
A stunning example.