THE SACRED MUSHROOM & THE CROSS: Fertility Cults and the Origins of Judaism and Christianity
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. xxii, 349 pp. Black cloth, gilt spine lettering color frontispiece and plate. Coffee stain to tail edge, foxing, owner's stamp to FPEP, otherwise sound and unmarked; DJ tips worn, bright and unclipped in mylar wrap. VERY GOOD / VERY GOOD. Item #1456
John Allegro came to some scholarly prominence with his standard introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls in Penguin's Pelican series. His sexualized interpretation of Judaeo-Christian origins with particular emphasis on the role of Amanita Muscaria in ancient rite had less wide appeal initially but gained a wide audience in the work of Graham Hancock. A rare copy of the first printing.