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Ouspensky's meetings 1/20 copies  

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A further record chiefly of extracts from meetings held by P.D. Ouspensky between 1928 and 1945


Cape Town, South Africa

The Stourton Press



[4], iii, [1], 347 pp. 21x14 cm. (8¼x5¼"), full dark green morocco, raised spine bands, red morocco lettering piece. No. 1 of only 20 copies printed for private circulation. First Edition.

This is copy No. 1, printed on thick paper. Russian mystical philosopher Peter Ouspensky is today best remembered for his association with G.I. Gurdjieff, the Greek-Armenian mystic and spiritual teacher who founded a school for spiritual development called The Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man. Although Ouspensky and Gurdjieff had a falling out, Ouspensky continued to teach Gurdjieff's ideas in small private groups (as here), and he further wrote about Gurdjieff's teachings in a book originally entitled Fragments of an Unknown Teaching, only published posthumously in 1947 under the title In Search of the Miraculous. OCLC/WorldCat lists only two copies of the present book, both at the British Library. The printer, B. Fairfax Hall, had in 1930 founded and operated The Stourton Press in England, named after the family’s house in Westminster. Hall was a member of P.D. Ouspensky’s circle before he immigrated to South Africa, and in 1947 he began to print books, including "A record of some of the meetings held by P.D. Ouspensky between 1930 and 1947" in 1951, followed by this "Further Record" the following year. This copy is printed on thick paper, possibly a special copy of an already quite limited edition. There are occasional light pencil notes and markings in the margins; two pages with offset from portion of old envelope laid in.

Lot Amendments

Some rubbing to joints, edges and spine ribs, label chipped; very good.

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