London: Practical Paradise Publications, 1978. First Edition, Limited #92 of 350 copies. SIGNED by the author. 4to. xvi, , 275,  pp. Bibliography. Maps, illustrations. Stiff green & tan illustrated wrappers in near fine condition. Item #19225
The author, born in 1949 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, collected material for this book on two visits to Columbia in 1971 and 1973/74. "Mama Coca is both a searing indictment of the monopolization of the cocaine traffic by the reactionary security forces, and a passionate defence of the habit of chewing coca leaves in their natural, unrefined state. The book first examines the overall cultural and economic history of coca in the Andes, and then concentrates on the way the plant is cultivated, prepared and consumed by one particular group of coca adepts, the Paez Indians of Cauca, Columbia."