The Book on The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are - Alan Watts


This 1960s pre-New Age classic was hugely important on the outlook of a whole generation of alternative thinkers, infusing much writing and spiritual thought of the 1970s. Alan Watts, in his intimate and accessible style, proposes that the self, as a separate ego, is a mere illusion. He suggests that the act of realising the self is to be found in understanding onself to be integrally interwoven with the root and ground of the universe. The central premise is drawn from Indian Vedanta, making it significant, too, for the transmission and adaptation of Indian ideas in the West. This early UK reprint, a solid hardback from 1970 is an emblem of these ideas coming to the UK.  It features a 'Helios Book Service' sticker, cementing its status as an artefact of the time.


London: Jonathan Cape, 1970. Hardback with dustwrapper, 146 pages.


Edition, volume and condition. Later printing, with the first UK edition being published in 1969. 8” x 5” 146 pp.  Bound in publisher's original red cloth titled in gilt to the spine, very slight wear, a clean and sharp copy in a bright example of the dustwrapper showing only minor shelfwear and discolouration to the extremities. A very good copy.




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