New York: Hermitage House, (1950). First printing. Cloth over boards. Octavo. xxvii, 452 pages. Very good in a good dust jacket. Bound in green cloth over boards with spine stamped in gilt. Some minor extremity rubs, shallow bumps to spine ends. A newspaper clipping of a 1950 book review by Dr. Rollo May is tipped to last blank leaf, with some resultant browning. A few other relevant clippings which had browned a few other areas in the text are now in a Mylar sleeve at front. Jacket has a chip angling across heel of spine from 1/2" depth to 1 3/4" depth. Head of spine is chipped to a depth of 1/4". There are a few closed edge tears, shallower chips, and rubs. Jacket is not price-clipped. All in all still a very presentable copy.
First edition of the book that launched the Scientology movement in 1950, becoming a canonical text when the movement later defined itself as a religion.
Hubbard presents his description of the human mind, and believed he had identified the "dynamic principle of existence" to be the basic command, Survive!