"CAN YOU PASS THE ACID TEST?": FIRST EDITION OF ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND WITH MULTI-COLORED LEATHER ONLAYS IN IMITATION OF PORTIONS OF THE ICONIC DUST JACKET DESIGN
WOLFE, Tom. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1968). Octavo, custom full morocco binding with multi-colored leather onlays in imitation of details from the dust jacket design, patterned endpapers, all edges painted. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $4800.
First edition of Wolfe's lively "celebration of psychedelia," this copy beautifully and distinctively bound with multi-colored leather onlays imitating details from the iconic original dust jacket design by Milton Glaser, and with the question "Can you pass the acid test?" on the front cover.
"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test… is to the hippie movement what Norman Mailer's The Armies of the Night was to the Vietnam protest movement. Wolfe is precisely the right author to chronicle the transformation of Ken Kesey from respected author of And One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to an LSD enthusiast, to the messianic leader of a mystical band of Merry Pranksters, to a fugitive from the FBI, California police and Mexican Federales. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a celebration of psychedelia, of all its sounds and costumes, colors and fantasies… It is an astonishing, enlightening, at times baffling and explosively funny book" (New York Times). "An amazing book… that definitely gives Wolfe the edge on the non-fiction novel" (Village Voice). With "First Printing, 1968" on copyright page.
A splendidly and very appropriately bound volume in fine condition.