New York: Rinehart, 1946. 136pp., slim 8vo, flexible crimson morocco. New York: Rinehart & Company, 1946. First edition. A very good (+) copy. Scarce. Beautiful Deluxe Edition designed by Paul Rand, one of which were presented to friends and regular patrons of the legendary New York nightclub. With the patron's name in gold at the base of the front cover. Some staining on the inside covers.
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Uncolored copper engraving. Image measures 10.25" x 7", sheet measures 13.75" x 9.5". In very good condition. A fascinating early depiction of ayahuasca, a psychoactive concoction made from the caapi vine (identified here as 'Hayac Huasca') and chacruna (identified here in Quechua as 'Samuna'). This brew has very strong psychedelic properties and is used in shamanic ceremonies throughout the Amazon. Engraved by Antonio Giovanni Faldoni who was based in Asolo, Italy (1690-1770). Rare.