Spanish Conquest of the Americas, Native America & Latin America

Spanish Conquest of the Americas, Native America & Latin America


Spanish Conquest of the Americas


Friar Diego De Landa; Wm. Gates, trans. Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. Baltimore: The Maya Society, 1937. Second Edition.

A good+ edition [HAND D83], with solid, sturdy binding and cover. Original blue cloth boards with gilt stamping and Maya Society crest in gilt. The blue cloth is showing heavy spotting on the spine and front cover, and the top front corner is bumped. Pages toned, top edge darkened. Former owner’s bookplate. From the private library of Larry Southwick. Laid in with a staplebound pamphlet for “Publications in the Field of Archaeology, Anthropology, etc. issued by the Carnegie Institute of Washington… May 1937.” Heavily illustrated, includes maps and related documents. 142 pp. Large octavo, 6 x 10 inches tall.

An important primary source, scarce in this edition “Modern scholars regard Landa with a mixture of frustration and admiration. At the same time he wrote his comprehensive work on Mayan culture, his orders to destroy all icons and hieroglyphics obliterated the Mayan language …helping to undermine and destroy the civilization he so vividly described. Yet his book, which was not printed until 1864, provided a phonetic alphabet that made it possible to decipher about one-third of the Mayan hieroglyphs, and many of the remainder have since been deciphered.” – Britannica

$300.00


Friar Diego De Landa; A. R. Pagden, trans. The Maya: Diego de Landa’s Account of the Affairs of Yucatan. Chicago: J. Philip O’Hara, Inc., 1975. First Edition, First Printing.

A fine first edition, first printing as stated, in a like dust jacket [HAND D80]. Red leatherette boards with gilt title stamped on spine. Dust jacket is original and unclipped, showing only a couple of creases from sitting on the shelf at the head and tail of spine. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia penciled near front hinge. Heavily illustrated with de Landa’s drawings. 191 pp. Large octavo 7 x 9 1/4 inches tall.

An important primary source. “Modern scholars regard Landa with a mixture of frustration and admiration. At the same time he wrote his comprehensive work on Mayan culture, his orders to destroy all icons and hieroglyphics obliterated the Mayan language …, helping to undermine and destroy the civilization he so vividly described. Yet his book, which was not printed until 1864, provided a phonetic alphabet that made it possible to decipher about one-third of the Mayan hieroglyphs, and many of the remainder have since been deciphered.” – Britannica

$30.00


William H. Prescott. History of the conquest of Mexico : with a preliminary view of the ancient Mexican civilization, and the life of the conqueror, Hernando Cortés. (Volume I, II & III, complete). Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1880. Revised Edition.

Good +/no jacket as issued. Complete three-volume set in lovely embossed orange cloth boards with gilt monogram, gilt and black title and accents. Head and tail of spine heavily worn on both volumes. Deep brown endpapers. Hinge of volume II starting, endpaper split. Binding is solid and tight, original round backing is true; dampstains to Vol II & III text blocks. Duodecimo, 5 x 71/2 inches tall.

Prescott’s classic and ground-breaking work in a lovely binding.

$40.00


Don Diego de Vargas; John L. Kessell, ed. Remote Beyond Compare: Letters of don Diego de Vargas to His Family from New Spain and New Mexico, 1675-1706. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 1989. First Edition, First Printing.

Very near fine first edition, as stated. Appears unread. Blue leatherette boards with red and gold stamping. Speckle decorated top edge. Inner corner of back cover has a tiny rub at binder’s fold. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia penciled near front hinge. Otherwise fine, clean and bright. 596 pp. including index. Octavo.

$30.00


Mexico & Latin America


Elizabeth Hill Boone, ed. Ritual Human Sacrifice in Mesoamerica: A Conference at Dumbarton Oaks, October 13th and 14th, 1979. Washington DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, 1984. First Edition, First Printing.

Very good+ first edition. Red cloth boards. Sunning to spine. Pages and covers clean and bright. Binding as new. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia penciled near front hinge. Profusely illustrated with black and white photos and drawings. 247 pp. Octavo.

$80.00


Nigel Davies; Norman Hammond. Empires of Early Latin America: The Incas; The Aztecs; The Maya. London: The Folio Society, 2010. Folio. Slipcased 3 volume edition. Ninth printing.

New/new. 2010, 9th printing of a pristine set. Burgundy, blue and purple cloth covers, respectively, with gold cover designs by Simon Noyes. Indigo slipcase with gold-blocked lettering. Color and B&W Illustrations. 1136 pp. Large octavo, 7 x 10 1/4 inches tall. All three volumes and the slipcase are in perfect condition.

The Incas by Nigel Davies is widely regarded as the definitive work.
$110.00


Munro S. Edmonson. The Book of the Year: Middle American Calendrical Systems. Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 1988. First Edition.

Near fine first edition with unopened pages. Teal blue pictorial boards. Minor rub at base of spine. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia penciled near front hinge. Indices, graphs, tables, and appendices. Heavily illustrated. 313 pp. Large octavo, 7 x 10 1/2 inches tall.

Professor Edmonson’s extensive and groundbreaking study of the development of a calendric system by Mexican and Guatemalan civilizations, includes descriptions of the calendar in general and a discussion of particular calendars, identifies hieroglyphic writing systems, establishes a calendrical genealogy, and explores the relationship between the Mesoamerican year and solar astronomy.

$35.00


Jorge E. Hardoy; Judith Thorne, trans. Pre-Columbian Cities. New York: Walker & Company, 1973. First English language edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good.

A fine, first English translation of an important work on the cities and monumental architecture of the Maya, Inca, Toltec, and Olmec. Binding is tight and sound, pages are clean and bright with no tears or markings. Immaculate orange cloth boards with title stamped in black on spine. Very good dust jacket, price-clipped with moderate chipping, curling and closed tears, and one scuff on front. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Illustrated with maps and sketches. 602 pp. Large octavo, 7 x 10 inches tall.

A scholarly examination of Teotihuacán, Tula, Monte Albán, Uxmal, Chichen Itzá, Tikal, Palenque, Pachacamác and Machu Picchu.
$20.00


Joyce Marcus. Mesoamerican Writing Systems: Propaganda, Myth, and History in Four Ancient Civilizations Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. First Edition, First Printing.

Near fine first edition in a very good dust jacket. Cream paper boards over green quarter cloth binding. Cream paper showing darkening at top edge. Otherwise clean and bright. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia penciled near front hinge. Dust jacket has three tiny closed tears at top edge, and sunning on back cover near spine. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover.Fully illustrated with maps, charts, pictures, and graphs. 495 pp. including index. Small quarto, 10 x 9 1/2 inches tall.

Chapters: Truth, Propaganda, and Noble Speech; The Evolutionary Context of Early Writing; Mesoamerica’s Four Major Writing Systems: The Ethnohistoric Background; Not One Calendar, but Many; Rewriting History; Place Names and the Establishment of Political Territories; The Naming of Nobles; Royal Marriages; Euhemerism and Royal Ancestors; Accession to the Throne; Raiding and Warfare; An Anthropological Theory of Mesoamerican Writing.

Heavy and large, additional shipping will be billed at actual cost.

$80.00


John L. [Lloyd] Stephens; Richard L. Predmore, ed. Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas & Yucatan: with the Famous Catherwood Drawings [2 Volumes in 1]. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1956. First Thus.

A newly edited reissue of a classic work. Very good+ first thus in a very good dust jacket. [HAND S504]. Title page and copyright page both read 1949, but the dust jacket identifies 1956 as the year the two in one was published, using the plates from the original two volume set of 1949. Orange cloth boards with map end papers. Blue ink specks on top edge. Binding is sound and sturdy, pages unmarked. With a most unusual previous owner’s bookplate: a green plastic impression label from an old fashioned label-maker, with a code followed by, “H.M.S.S. Agent…” From the private library of Larry Southwick. Dust jacket shows shelf wear at top and bottom edge and is price clipped. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 346; 401 pp. with appendices. Octavo.

$120.00


T. Philip Terry; Robert C. Terry. Terry’s Guide to Mexico, the New Standard Guidebook to the Mexican Republic The railways, airways, bus lines, and ocean routes to Mexico and the automobile roads in the republic. Hingham, Mass.: Rapid Service Press, 1947. Revised edition. First thus.

Very Good +. First edition of 1947 revised edition. Maroon leatherette flexible boards; with large advertising section at rear of book listing shops, hotels, banks, restaurants, products, and promotions. All maps present and perfect; yellow ribbon bookmark; 20 tour plans. Red speckled edge decoration. Some rubbing to the spine on front cover, otherwise tight and sound, with only a tiny, neat owner’s name and date on inner board. No other markings, appears barely read. 932 pp. + ads. Large sextodecimo, 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches tall.

Includes tourist information plus history, timelines, maps, art, food and drink, the Spanish language and other cultural information. Section of vintage ads is complete. Wonderful resource for the history of Mexico as well as an interesting travel guide snapshot of Mexico in the 1940’s.
$23.00


Native America


Anthony F. Aveni, ed. Archaeoastronomy in the New World: American Primitive Astronomy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. First Edition, First Printing.

Fine first edition. Brown cloth boards with silver stamped title in circle, and on spine. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia penciled near front hinge. Illustrated with black and white drawings, charts, pictures. 219 pp. Octavo.

$50.00


Gawani Pony Boy. Horse, Follow Closely: Native American Horsemanship. Irvine, California: Bowtie Press, [1998] 2000. 5th Printing. Hardcover. Fine/as new. Photos by Gabrielle Boiselle.

Photos by Gabrielle Boiselle. Fine in an as new DJ. Would be as new save a tidy gift inscription on front endpaper. In an as new dust jacket. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Considered by some as “The Bible of North American Horsemanship.”

A beautifully written and photographed treatise on the horse, humans, and inter-connectedness. Of interest to horsemen and horsewomen, and anyone interested in connections between humans, the earth, and its residents. In addition to presenting the methods and philosophy of relationship training, Horse, Follow Closely also includes many stories and legends of Native Americans and their horses, all of which teach the reader something new about himself and his relationship with his horse.

135 pp. Quarto, 9 1/4 x 11 inches tall.

$40.00


Arlene Hirschfelder. Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1986. First printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/fine.

Very near fine first edition, first printing in a fine dust jacket. Blue paper covered boards with purple quarter cloth binding. Very small spots of original binder’s glue appear to have seeped through cloth in the outer gutter of the front of the book. Map of United States endpapers showing Native lands and communities. B/W photos throughout. Fine dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 152 pp. with index. Large octavo, 7 x 9 inches tall.

Explores the everyday life, culture, and preservation of traditions of America’s native peoples, including North American Indians, Inuit, and Aleuts. Discusses stereotypes and myths about North America’s First Peoples. Suitable for grades 4-8.

$50.00


Alice Marriott. Maria, The Potter of San Ildefonso. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma, 1948. Third Printing. Association copy.

Original cloth. Very good/fair. A very good association copy, Greeting card signed by Po Povi Da, potter and son of Maria and Julian Martinez permanently laid in to half-title page. Card depicts black and white photo of a family, “Entering the Kiva.” Loosely laid in is a promotional photo card for the book, Maria, by Richard Spivey, an article on Julian Martinez, and a news clipping. Black cloth boards with Pueblo design embossed and red box titling on spine. San Ildefonso scene endpapers. pages toned. Fourth printing stated on fair, price clipped dust jacket, third printing stated on CP. This is the dust jacket the book arrived at the shop wearing. Keep in mind that publishers would sometimes mix jackets and printings on a new run. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. From the private library of Larry Southwick. 294 [2] pp. Octavo.

“Few craft artists, Native American or otherwise, can claim worldwide fame and appreciation, but these accompanied the life of potter Maria Martinez and family of San Ildefonso Pueblo. Through her hard work and generous sharing of her techniques, Maria reintroduced the art of pottery making to her people, providing them with a means of artistic expression and for retaining some aspects of the pueblo way of life.” from Popovi Da Pottery.

$40.00


Garrick Mallery. Picture-writing of the American Indians (two volume set). New York: Dover, 1972. Reprint. Library binding.

Red cloth library “perfect” binding of softcover reprint. Illustrations throughout. 822 pp. plus index and catalogue. Octavo.

The “most complete account of Indian picture writing ever — with 1,290 illustrations and 54 additional plates (total in set) depicting inscriptions on stone, bone, skins, feathers, quills, shells, earth, copper, wood, fabrics, pottery and even the human body. Symbols of trade, war, peace, traditions, custom, history, games, more. Reprint of the Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology, 1888–1889.

$60.00


G. [George] Hazen Shinn. Shoshonean Days: recollections of a residence of five years among the Indians of Southern California, 1885-1889. Glendale, Calif. Privately printed for the author by the Arthur H. Clark Co., 1941. Limited, First edition. Signed.

First edition. Fine copy, no DJ. Signed by author and inscribed: “To Dr. and Mrs. ____, With kindest regards and best wishes of the author. May happiness be your lot and joy your steps attend. George Hazen Shinn. St. Helens, Oregon. July 8, 1941.”

Recto of half-title states it is no. 47 of “250 copies privately printed for the author.” However, Clark & Brunet state several dozen other copies were printed and bound, and the author received 100 copies for private distribution —- so this is No. 47 of original 320 copies [Clark & Brunet, 258]. A near fine copy of this work, save pp. 29 & 53 have off-setting where a news article was laid in and discoloration near joint on cover. Original red cloth, top edge gilt, gilded title on spine. 183 pp. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall.

Received a good review in American Anthropologist, though the author made no pretense as a scholar, but rather as a first-hand informer. Work is based on his interactions with the Shoshone Indians. 93 other copies are mostly in library special collections.
$325.00


Jennings C. Wise. The Red Man in the New World Drama: A Politico-Legal Study with a Pageantry of American Indian History. Washington DC: W. F. Roberts Company, 1931. First Edition.

First edition [HAND W290]. Red cloth boards faded on bottom front corner, missing dust jacket. Front corner bumped, shelf wear to head and tail of spine. Pages unmarked, toned. Binding sturdy and sound. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia penciled near front hinge. 628 pp. Thick quarto, 7 1/2 x 10 inches tall, 2 1/2 inches thick. A treatise against the doctrine of Manifest Destiny and unchecked migration and settling of the West, with a comparison of the European and American settlers to Old World barbarians.

$46.00

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