Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1969. First edition. Clothbound. 353pp. Dw. photo of the author by Francis Isaac. Derived from his Uher tape recorder experiments, Gysin's first novel tells the story of Ulys O. Hanson's hallucinatory journey across the Sahara Desert, and takes in Gysin's encounters with L. Ron Hubbard and The Master Musicians of Joujouka along the way. Its central characters, Thay and Mya Himmer, were based on John and Mary Cooke, who financed Gysin's 1001 Nights restaurant in Tangier. Initial sales (fewer than 1000 copies) and reviews of the book were poor, but the novel has since been hailed by critic Robert Palmer as a visionary and underground classic. Very Good plus in slightly rubbed and edge-worn dw., with spine panel a little faded.