The Teachings of Don Juan. A Yaqui Way of Knowledge. Carlos CASTANEDA.

The Teachings of Don Juan. A Yaqui Way of Knowledge.

Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1968. Second Printing of First Edition. Hardcover. Tall octavo. xii + 196pp. Dark brown cloth with gilt title, etc., to spine, coloured endpages, appendixes. The second printing (same year as the first) of the first edition of the first book by Carlos Arana Castaneda (1925 - 1998), Peruvian-American author and student of anthropology. Castenada's now famous work was first published as an academic/anthropological text by the University of California Press, and as such the first and second printings were almost certainly tiny and the work is very scarce in either. It soon gained something of a cult following, with a third printing by the University of California Press coming out in 1971, and Castaneda's later works being picked up by mainstream non-academic publishing houses. With fame came scrutiny, and scholars familiar with the field queried them, with a number of influential individuals suggesting that they were at very least heavily fictionalised. They still remained immensely popular, and introduced ideas of shamanism native spirituality to a broad western readership. Top edge a bit darkened and lightly foxed, else appears unread, thus a tight, bright and unmarked near Fine copy in VG+ dust jacket (Dust jacket very lightly rubbed at edges & folds, and with a couple of tiny closed tears. Not clipped. Now in protective mylar cover). Item #67889


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