Bibliothēca Studiorum Psychedelicorum

Books from 1990–1999


See also
Books by Stanislav Grof (1975–1993)



Altered States of Consciousness (Third Edition)

by Charles T. Tart

(San Francisco: Harper)

Tart’s near-definitive work on altered states of consciousness in general — there are a couple entire sections devoted to drugs/psychedelics, but also other sections on dreaming, hypnosis, and other types of altered states. Probably “the” source to search out on this subject, if one is looking to understand a wider perspective on psychedelics and/or learn about altered states in general.


Psychedelic Collectibles of the 1960s & 1970s: An Illustrated Price Guide

by Susanne White

(Radnor, PA: Wallance-Homestead)

Just a bit o’ fun!


The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History

by Terence McKenna

(San Francisco: Harper)

McKenna is weird — sure, he has some thought-provoking ideas at times, but for the most part I just find him a bit weird, as though he wrote all his books WHILE he was stoned on psychedelics.


Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge

by Terence McKenna

(New York: Bantam)

After reading this book, and McKenna’s previous book (the previous book/image found here in this album), I had about enough of his weird ideas.

My apologies to any McKenna fans out there!


Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers

by Richard Evans Schultes & Albert Hofmann

(Rochester, VT: Healing Arts)

Indispensable, encyclopaedic reference work by two of the world’s leading researchers in these areas — if you’re interested in psychoactive plants from all over the world, and how they’ve been (or still are) used, this is a veritable expert’s “field guide” to the subject.


Vine of the Soul: Medicen Men, their Plants and Rituals in the Columbian Amazonia

by Richard Evans Schultes & Robert F. Raffauf

(Oracle, AZ: Synergetic)

Another book from one of the authors of Plants of the Gods (see the previous book/image on this page), in this case dealing specifically with ayahuasca.


The Knowledge of the Womb: Autopsychognosia with Psychedelic Drugs

by Athanassios Kafkalides

(Corfu, Greece: Triklino House)

I received this book, along with the other book I have by Kafkalides (see below), from his nephew or grandson or something many years ago — although I have to admit that I never read either work entirely or very closely. Some of Kafkalides’ ideas seem intriguingly similar to Grof’s work — or perhaps “complementary” would be a better word. One of these days I suppose I should take a closer look at these two books of his, but by the time I received this gift (of the two books) I’d already started to focus my interests specifically on just the early decades of LSD research, and in a way had already “found what I was looking for” through Grof’s writings.


People of the Peyote: Huichol Indian History, Religion & Survival

by Stacy B. Schaefer & Peter T. Furst

(Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press)

A GIANT book on the peyote tradition — everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.


The Power of the Womb and The Subjective Truth

by Athanassios Kafkalides

(Corfu, Greece: Triklino House)

Kafkalides second book (see my note on his first book, above).


Shivitti: A Vision

by Ka-Tzetnik 135633

(Nevada City, CA: Gateways)

This is an unusual little book, I haven’t read it but it’s about the experiences of a concentration camp survivor or something , but the reason I got this wasn’t so much for the book itself, but for the forward, which was written by Jan Bastiaans, a renowned Dutch psychiatrist who has worked with LSD in treating trauma survivors.


The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secrets of the Mysteries

by R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann & Carl A.P. Ruck (preface by Huston Smith)

(Los Angeles: Hermes Press)

In ancient Greece, there was the Eleusinian mystery religion, where adherents would drink a concoction that would induced divine visions — and the active ingredient in that drink was chemically-similar to LSD.

And that’s what this book is about — three renowned authors take an in-depth look at all the evidence surrounding this “mystery.” Fascinating stuff, actually!


The Summer of Love: The Spirituality and Consciousness of the 1960s

by Alan Watts

(San Anselmo, CA: Alternative Audio)

This isn’t a book, but rather a two-cassette tape set. One tape is with Watts discussing the Summer of Love (and everything that that meant) and the other is a lengthy discourse on the “Psychedelic Experience.“

See also
Books by Stanislav Grof (1975–1993)

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