“Oh Excellent Air Bag”: Under the Influence of Nitrous Oxide, 1799–1920

Editor: Adam Green
Text: Mike Jay et al
Design: Nicholas Jeeves
Typeface: Caslon Pro by Adobe
140pp, full-colour digital print, perfect bound
140mm x 216mm
Published by PDR Press, July 2016
The summer of 1799 saw a new fad take root in British society: the inhalation of nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”. The “delectable air” would go on to inspire more than a century of extraordinary writings that combined the scientific, the poetic, and the philosophical in a wholly new way. Collecting the most striking examples of these, this unique anthology reveals the fascinating pedigree of the gas — a history at the very heart of the romantic movement and one of the great early blooms of psychedelic literature.

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