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Thirteen Masterpieces of Mexican Archaeology.

By Caso, Dr. Alfonso; Translated by Edith Mackie and Jorge R. Acosta.

Mexico City: Editoriales Cultura y Polis, 1938. First Edition Wraps FINE in WRAPS, VG DJ 4to (8 x 11-1/4), 131 pp. Text in both English and Spanish. First edition is in FINE condition, Three small butterfly stickers affixed to front flyleaf, otherwise clean and Unmarked. Slight discoloration at the bottom of the cream-colored paper cover, and some chipping on the top edge of the dust jacket, now in plastic protective cover. Excellently detailed interpretive text. (h) 14 photographs, 6 in B&W, 8 in color, two of those tipped-in. (One piece -- the Totonac Palma -- has two photographs, front and rear, thus the extra photograph. Pieces shown begin with The Aztec Calendar Stone, probably still -- 70 years after this book was printed -- the most important piece in the Museo Nacional, and the inspiration for Octavio Paz's legendary 1957 poem "Piedra de Sol." Also: the Coyolxauhqui head, Xochipilli, The Eagle Knight, Jade Vase, Tecali Vase, Obsidian Vessel, Mixtec Vessel, Totonac Palma, Maya Figurine, Shield of Turquoise Mosaic, Gold Pectoral Plate and Gold Mask , both from Monte Alban and both tipped-in. B5



By Baumann, Hans (Translated by Stella Humphries).

New York: Pantheon , 1963. First English Language Edition Cloth FINE in FINE DJ 6 x 8-1/4), 218 pp including Glossary, Historical chronology. With 24 pages of color photographs, many drawings of archaeological incisions. Book is FINE, unmarked text with only a slight abrasion on the edge of the spine which is covered by a FINE glossy pictorial DJ protected in mylar. (h)


Zuni Fetishism.
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Zuni Fetishism.

By Kirk, Ruth.

Albuquerque, NM: Avanyu Publishing, 1988. First Edition, First Printing Glossy Pictorial Wraps AS NEW in WRAPS 8vo (5-1/2 x 8-1/2), 65 pp including list of Works Cited. Book is FINE -- unread, unmarked, and AS NEW in FINE glossy pictorial wraps. (h) This First Edition is an edited compilation reprinted from articles originally published in 5 issues of "El Palacio" (Vol. L, Numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, June - October 1943. Informative historically groundbreaking on the Zuni, their sacred objects and their use in tribal ritual. Avanyu Publishing is an extraordinary source of boks on southwest Indians, their history and rituals.


The Antiquity of Man - 2 Volumes.

By Keith, Sir Arthur.

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott , 1925. Second Edition, Revised, Enlarged, Reset Cloth Very Good 8vo (6-1/2 x 8-3/4), 753 pp in 2 Volumes, including Index in Volume II. Blue Clothbound books with gilt Title and Author on spine and gilt skull on cover with the words "Piltdown Fragments," no DJ. Books are both VG. Some staining on cover of Volume II but interior is clean and unmarked other than original owner's name written inside front cover of each volume. Pages all firmly attached, despite book falling open naturally between some signature. Front and Back flyleafs of both volumes tanned, and some foxing on inside back cover of volume II. This work was written and published, then revised, prior to learning that the Piltdown man was a hoax, human skull with ape's jawbone, most likely perpetrated by Arthur Conan Doyle and Teilhard de Chiardin. The similarity of the "secret" map in Doyle's "Lost World" and the site of supposed discovery are identical. But despite that, the descriptions of the process of archaeo-anthropology and human types tell the story of the evolution of archaeo-anthropology. Sir Arthur Keith a forerunner of Anthropologic Carleton Coon.


The Iberian Stones Speak: Archaeology in Spain and Portugal.

By MacKendrick, Paul.

New York: Funk & Wagnalls , 1969. Cloth Near FIne in G+ DJ 8vo (5-3/4 x 8-1/2), 238pp with Index and Bibliography. Book is NEAR FINE, hardbound in black cloth, incised uncolored decoration (suggesting cut stones for building) on fron and back cover, type on spine in silver, metallic green and metallic blue. DJ is GOOD+ to VG- Chips and tears, none more than 1/2 inch on top and bottom, at spine and corners. A comprehensive, detailed history of the subject, told well.