Meetings with Remarkable Men
London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1963.
Octavo, xii, 303 pages plus a frontispiece portrait of the author.
Cloth a little unevenly sunned; bottom corners bumped (with light associated creasing througout); endpapers lightly marked; a very good copy with the sunned, marked and chipped dustwrapper.
'Contains the outlines of a very unusual autobiography, covering Gurdjieff's youth and the most mysterious period of his life spent in search of esoteric knowledge in the Near and Far East [and] the men he has known who have proved themselves remarkable by their courage and endurance, their intelligence and ingenuity, their steadfastness of purpose and perseverance in face of insuperable difficulties. [Gurdjieff] uses this biographical form to elucidate the answers to many profound and difficult questions and to validate the principles of his philosophy and teachings in concrete examples of unusual excellence' ('Gurdjieff International Review' website). A few related newspaper clippings are loosely inserted.