Tucson: Omen Press, 1972. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps, spine lettered in black, printed on mulit-colored paper stocks.
Signed first edition of Moroccan artist and storyteller Yacoubi's coobook, a collection of 125 recipes "based on the ancient science of Moroccan cuisine." Yacoubi, a protegé of Paul Bowles and Francis Bacon, came from a family of practitioners of traditional healing arts in the medieval city of Fez. In 1952 he made his US debut at the Betty Parsons Gallery with a show of his densely layered abstractions; around the same time, Bowles began publishing a number of Yacoubi's stories and plays, which Bowles translated from Maghrebi. In the 1960s Yacoubi moved to New York, where he befriended many artists and writers, among them Walter Bowart and Sherry Needham, founders of the influential alternative newspaper East Village Other. Bowart also ran the metaphysical and new age Omen Press from his ranch in Tucson, where Yacoubi was a regular visitor, and where he collaborated with other resident artists on his cookbook. "Based upon the traditions of Moroccan alchemy, these dishes are like sacred formulas which transform food from mere substance into creations of life" (from the rear blurb). In addition to sections on vegetables, meats, fish, eggs, grains and beans, and the like, recipes include "Soup to Cure Jealousy," "How to be Gentle to Your Brains," "Hashish Harairah," and "The White Cooky of Marrakesh." Color illustrations throughout. Issued simultaneously in hardcover and paperback. Signed by Yacoubi on the title-page. Light rubbing and creasing to spine, very minor wear to bottom edges of wraps. Near fine, scarce signed. Item #554