London, South Kensington
24 June 2010
MORRISON, James Douglas ('Jim'; 1943-1971). The Lords. Notes on Vision. [No place: by Western Lithographers for the author,] 1969. 2° (280 x 215mm). On 82 leaves of ivory paper (a little colour from the folder faintly transferred on small areas of some page edges). Loose as issued in the original blue card portfolio with red tie, upper side lettered in gilt (extremities rubbed, light soiling, trace of adhesive where flaps were once sealed).
FIRST EDITION OF THE DOORS LEADER'S RARE FIRST BOOK. 1 of only 100 copies, self-published by Morrison. The Lords gathers aphorisms and observations which Morrison began collecting in notebooks while studying film at UCLA. It is a poetic commentary on contemporary social structure, which Morrison saw divided between 'lords' and 'sheep'. Morrison remarked: 'what that book is about is the powerlessness that people have in the face of reality... they have no real control over events or their own lives. Something is controlling them'; whereas 'the lords are a romantic race of people who have found a way to control their environment and their lives. They are somehow different from other people' (in Sugerman, The Doors, p.188).
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