All & Everything
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff.
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1950. 12mo. Blue boards, corners lightly stubbed, some minor rubbing along edges of the spine, lacking the issued dust wrapper, slight spine wobble, though the text block is straight and tight. 1238 pages. Subscriber's edition, pasted bookplate on the inside of the front board reads: "This is Copy No. 144 of the First Edition of the First Series of the Writings of G. Gurdjieff. This edition has been made possible by those who had benefited from his ideas and who wished to assist in the publication of his works. This copy was subscribed for by Muriel Morrow." Very good.
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson or An Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man. Concerns the reminiscences of an extraterrestrial known as "Beelzebub," who, on a long space voyage, tells his grandson Hassein of his adventures living among the "three-brained beings" of Earth.
"The sole means now for the saving of the beings of the planet Earth would be to implant again into the presences a new organ, an organ . . . of such properties that every one of these unfortunates during the process of existence should constantly sense and be cognizant of the inevitability of his own death as well as of the death of everyone upon whom his eyes or attention rests. Only such a sensation and such a cognizance can now destroy the egoism completely crystallized in them that has swallowed up the whole of their Essence . . ."