These two titles were original published in hardback only by Chatto & Windus in 1954 & 1956, before Penguin combined them into a single paperback in 1959.
Almost every copy I’ve handled of the 1st edition hardback editions of both titles have developed the same minor age related storage discolouration to the inside boards. The cover boards (not covered by the dust jacket) reacts with the cheap, post war paper on the fly page, producing a discoloured stripe. The dust jackets are also fairly fragile with most copies now showing minor loss and chipping at the top. Since Heaven & Hell, has a half red spine (the first colour to fade) most copies are blue at the top, pinkish at the bottom.
The British 1st edition of Doors of Perception (of which there were 4 printings impressions) attracts the most interest from collectors, with the excellent Jack Woodcock dust jacket, which wasn’t retained for the dull, academic looking US edition published by Harper & Brothers. The first edition dust jacket is blank on the inside back cover, while the later printing add reviews. By the 4th printing, stated on both on the inside flap & the fly page, the price has increased from 6 shillings to 7s/6d. Penguin combined both books into a paperback edition in 1959- reprinted in 1960 & 1961 – with the classic generic orange & cream Penguin cover.
Obviously these two books became a seminal part of the early-mid sixties reading list for the curious….and helped fuel mainstream interest in hallucinogens. The Penguin edition was reprinted from 1963 with a detail of Max Ernst’s painting titled Cocktail Drinker on the cover…..this is the edition most hippies would have read 🙂
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