OUSPENSKY - IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS - 1st/1st 1949 - The Fourth Way, Occult
IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS: FRAGMENTS OF AN UNKNOWN TEACHING — By P.D. Ouspensky — 1st Edition / 1st Printing, 1949 HC/DJ — "The Fourth Way"
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York (1949)
In overall well preserved condition. The boards and binding are solid and tight with minimal shelfwear. The pages are crisp and clean. The dust jacket has rips and tears but holds the book firmly; it has been price-clipped. 399 pages. "In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching" by Russian philosopher P.D. Ouspensky recounts his meeting and subsequent association with George Gurdjieff. It is widely regarded as the most comprehensive account of Gurdjieff's system of thought ever published. The book is considered a "fundamental textbook" by many modern followers of Gurdjieff's teachings, who often use it as a means of introducing new students to Gurdjieff's system of self-development. Please see below for more information.
"In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching" is the author's recollection of his first meeting and subsequent association with George Gurdjieff and the teaching that Gurdjieff imparted to him; a teaching which still exists today in various forms and which Ouspensky would himself teach to various groups from 1921–1947 — commonly known today as the Fourth Way. It begins with Ouspensky returning home to St. Petersburg from his recent excursion to the East, where he journeyed "in search of the miraculous". He soon meets a mysterious man, a certain "G.", who has all the answers for which Ouspensky has been arduously searching all his life. He immediately joins Gurdjieff's esoteric school, and begins learning a certain system of self-development which originated in the East, allegedly during the most remote antiquity, possibly millennia before recorded history. Ouspensky recounts his trials learning this new system, which he later refers to as the Fourth Way, often recollecting entire lectures, or parts of lectures, which Gurdjieff gave to his disciples in St. Petersburg and Moscow from 1915–1917. He describes many of his experiences, particularly concerning the "art of self-remembering", and he recounts some of the methods and various exercises which comprised Gurdjieff's system.