Calabasas, California: Privately Printed, 1977.
Staplebound wraps. 7" X 5". 34pp. Moderate wear to staplebound pictorial paper wraps, with foxing, sunning, small dampstain, and spot of heavy rubbing. Binding is firm. Pages are clean and unmarked. Appears to be a 1977 rerelease of the original 1946 printing, with Sikinger's signature, 1977, and $5.00 to title page and brief note beneath the final sentence ("In 1977 I am at the same location as in 1946[.] 'Progress' has added a street and zip code. If you have questions please write to me at: 2000 McKain Street Calabasas, California 91302" handwritten and then machine copied. Maximilian Sikinger (1913-2004) was a member of proto-hippie group the Los Angeles Nature Boys and the mentor to Gypsy Boots, who would become the most well-known of the Nature Boys. Sikinger immigrated to the U.S. from Germany in 1935, hopping trains to San Francisco. Informed by his experience of Lebensreform, the back-to-nature, raw food, outdoor living social movement popular in early 20th century Germany, Sikinger journeyed to California to find the like-minded men who would together form the Nature Boys in the 1940s. The group is often credited with laying the groundwork for the 1960s hippie movement in the U.S. In Classical Nutrition, Sikinger lays out the basics of the raw and natural diet he believed "embraces the laws of life and nature to reciprocate in harmony to the highest attainment of health," warning that the "benefits of this guide will require the efforts of only the noblest and strongest whose love for freedom and life will enable them to free themselves from the disintegrating and enslaving habits acquired in the past." A fascinating artifact of the Nature Boys, the health food trend in the United States, and the hippie movement. At the time of posting, OCLC has record of Classical Nutrition, but no holdings. Very good. Item #2820