New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1963. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's blue cloth, spine and upper board gilt, green endpapers, top edge stained red, original printed dust jacket.
Second part of Gurdjieff's posthumously published multi-volume cycle, All and Everything, the summation of his syncretic New Age teachings, collectively known as "the work," developed to help arouse mankind from its "waking sleep." Originally written in the 1920s, Meetings with Remarkable Men comprises an autobiography of the charismatic Russian-Armenian philosopher-mystic's early years, particularly the 20-year period he travelled Central Asia in search of knowledge under the tutelage of several "remarkable men" – priests, metaphysicians, and other "seekers of truth." Originally translated from Russian by Gurdjieff's disciple A.R. Orage, the work remained unpublished until 1960, when a French translation appeared; this first edition in English is a revision of Orage's original English version. The book was adapted into a film by Peter Brook in 1979. The other volumes of All and Everything are Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson (1950) and Life Is Real Only Then, When "I Am" (1974). Frontispiece black-and-white photo of Gurdjieff. Early owner's price and date notes in ink to half-title and copyright page. Unclipped dust jacket with light rubbing to spine-ends, flap folds and joints, with publisher's description of All and Everything on rear panel circled in ink. Very good. Item #226