Image Not Available

Nikotina - Alkohol - Kokaina - Peyotl - Morfina - Eter + Appendix

Witkiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy

Published by Warsaw: The author, 1932
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From Michael Fagan Fine Art & Rare Books (Newton, MA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since May 25, 1998

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 1,400.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 5.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Octavo, 1/2-cloth with original wrappers, 188 pages. Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz aka Witkacy (1885-1939) experimented with a number of drugs and hallucinogens, in his artworks where he meticulously noted what he had ingested in the process of execution, in his "soirees" which included theatrics, psychodramas and scurrilous comedy, and on his own. A brilliant polymath who was also neurotic and depressed, he was a highly gifted artist, dramatist and novelist who also wrote philosophical treatises. His works have become more relevant in a postmodern world than they ever were in his life and his complexities and insights appreciated by a larger public. This work was written at the same time of his masterpiece novel Insatiability (Nienasycenie), which he interweaves as a point of principle, baring his own addictions to alcohol and cigarettes, and espousing the use of "whiter" drugs, but later declaring their insidiousness as well. Since mankind is already hopelessly removed from metaphysical sensations which are the source of true being, we are in a futile conflict of seeking transcendence. Art as a meaningful discourse and act of revelation is over. Therefore "there is in man a certain insatiability caused by existence itself, a primordial insatiability, associated with the very fact of the unavoidable existence of individuality, an insatiability that I call metaphysical and that, if it is not eradicated by excessive satiation of real-life feelings, by work, by the exercise of power, by creativity, etc., can be appeased solely with the aid of narcotics." (from "Nikotina"). Rare and significant document of this pioneer of the broken heart and the human condition. Bookseller Inventory # 1221

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Nikotina - Alkohol - Kokaina - Peyotl - ...

Publisher: Warsaw: The author

Publication Date: 1932

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

Store Description

Private dealers in art, architecture, photography and design books. We have been in the book business since 1967. We also offer art works for sale, and have an extensive inventory of artworks not listed on ABE. Please contact us for information, catalogs and photos. Member ABAA & ILAB. We specialize in avant-garde movements and modernism (1900-1950) with particular emphasis on works from central and eastern Europe. This includes the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, and the Baltic states (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania). We are also searching for original publications of the Japanese avant-garde (Dada, MAVO, constructivism, surrealism, photomontage, experimental photography). Scans of any artwork or book cheerfully furnished on request. We are always interested in purchasing individual works and large collections from estates and archives. Deutsch gesprochen. Nous parlons francais. Mluvime cesky. Beszélünk magyarul. To ensure customer satisfaction, we place great consideration in describing the condition of our books and art works with accuracy. All items are fully guaranteed for authenticity. We offer a generous return policy. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests. Hours: by appointment.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

All books are first editions and in very good antiquarian condition unless otherwise noted. Abbreviations: VG=very good; DJ=dust jacket, noted when extant; wrs=wrappers, cl=cloth, bds=boards. nd=no date, np=no publisher. Standard book sizes noted. All dust wrappers are wrapped in acetate whenever practicable. Terms: cash with order. Libraries and institutions may be billed. Massachusetts residents please add 5% sales tax. Massachusetts dealers, please submit resale # to avoid tax. Shipping: by U...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required. Please note: on orders that are shipped abroad, when the sale price exceeds US$250 the parcel will be sent by registered mail. If the weight of such parcel exceeds four lbs, we will advise you on other shipping options. These charges will be added on to the standard rates.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash PayPal Cash on Delivery (COD) Invoice Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer