Living on the Earth

Alicia Bay Laurel


: First / New York / Bookworks / 1970 / Hardcover. / VG+ / VG+
4to, Unpaginated (ca 200pp). Printed wraps. Numerous Black & White plates. Text in English. First printing – not the more commonly found 1971 mass market printing by vintage.

Possibly the most popular commune related books of the time, created by Bay Laurel on the Wheeler Ranch commune in the late 1960s. “It tells you what you want to know. About cooking, carpentry, heat, cold, clothing and sewing, gardening, music, yoga, astrology, wood, water, the heavens, crafts, art, life, and even Death. How to cremate a friend on an efficient and ceremonious funeral pyre. How to waterproof your boots, turn an Army blanket into a Moroccan-style djilleva, or a long robe. How to bake bread, of course, but also how to make soap, hammocks, pillows, sandals, flutes, broccoli, mayonnaise and Space.”

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