The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
Chatto & Windus, London, 1954
187 x 125 x 12 mm
Bound 2016


Griffin Mill hand-made paper for the endpapers which have been painted with water colour inks with an addition of printed floral stamps. Edges have a graduated acrylic wash. Hand sewn silk headbands.


This book is an account of Huxley’s experience under the influence of mescaline. The design is a collection and abstraction of Huxley’s colourful descriptions which includes a pink rose, a magenta carnation and a pale purple iris:

"I took my pill at eleven. An hour and a half later, I was sitting in my study, looking intently at a small glass vase. The vase contained only three flowers-a full-blown Belie of Portugal rose, shell pink with a hint at every petal's base of a hotter, flamier hue; a large magenta and cream-colored carnation; and, pale purple at the end of its broken stalk, the bold heraldic blossom of an iris. Fortuitous and provisional, the little nosegay broke all the rules of traditional good taste."