Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Psychedelic Prayers: And Other Meditations by Timothy Leary

Leary's Psychedelic Prayers

Psychedelic Prayers: And Other Meditations 
by Timothy Leary

1966. New Hyde Park, NY: University Books. First edition, this publisher. Psychedelic Monograph II. Condition: Very Good- as there's some minor soil from handling, there is a tear which originates at the spine about 1 1/2" up from the bottom, moving into lower area of front cover (not to the edge). Adjacent wrinkled area on back cover. Original printed wrappers, bright yellow-orange covers with cover psychedelic illustration - red horse motif by Michael Bowen [note: there are small dot-black eyes in the eye sockets, not sure if it was printed as such or added later].

Timothy Leary's only book of poetry and meditations. Written while Timothy Leary was visiting India in 1965 and finished at his celebrated commune in Millbrook, New York, the following year, Psychedelic Prayers is an adaptation of Book I of the Tao Te Ching. Leary said he was drawn to the "psychedelic" quality of the ancient work and believed it could be a guide to transcendental experiences. "My objective", he later wrote, "was to find this seed idea in each sutra and rewrite it in the lingua franca of psychedelia". He succeeded in his aim: Psychedelic Prayers occupies a unique place in 1960s literature and is one of Leary's most beloved books.

Read an outstanding review/description of this book here: PsyPress UK Literary review

PRICE: $25. [SOLD 3/22/12]

~ Please contact me if you are interested in this trippy book!
[keywords: Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, Psychedelic, Poetry, Alternative Literature]


  1. Hello, in the version of this book that you had, was the text printed in multiple colors ? The cover on mine looks like yours.
    The one I've got was printed in at least 4 colors; I can't say how many because I haven't seen it since I acquired it, when I put it in a drawer and forgot about it.
    Any info would be appreciated.
    Thanks, Carl

  2. Carl,

    Thanks for the inquiry. I sold the book in March 2012, I honestly don't recall the text being in any specific colors. Sorry that I can't be of more help to you.

    Best wishes, Christy