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


Friar Bringas Reports to the King: Methods of Indoctrination on the Frontier of New Spain 1796-97. By Bringas de Manzaneda y Encinas; Diego Miguel Las Cruses
Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1977. First Edition.

A fine first edition in a lightly worn, very good plus dust jacket. Red cloth boards. Map end papers. Dust jacket has tiny closed tear and chips at head of spine on jacket. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. ix, 177 pp. including index. Quarto, 7 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches tall. A significant contribution to a deeper understanding of the Spanish period in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, this translation of Father Diego Miguel Bringas’ 1796–97 report on missionary activities presents a rare first-hand account of Spanish attempts to direct cultural change among the Pima Indians.


Mission of Sorrows: Jesuit Guevavi and the Pimas, 1691-1767. By John L Kessell 
Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1970. First Edition.

A near fine first edition in a fine, unclipped dust jacket. Brown cloth boards, front top corner bumped. Gilt title stamping. Mission map end papers. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector’s marginalia pencilled at inner edge of half title. xvi, 224 pp. including index. Quarto, 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches tall.

“The Mission of Guevavi on the Santa Cruz River in what is now southern Arizona served as a focal point of Jesuit missionary endeavor among the Pima Indians on New Spain’s far northwestern frontier. For three-quarters of a century, from the first visit by the renowned Eusebio Francisco Kino in 1691 until the Jesuit Expulsion in 1767, the difficult process of replacing one culture with another—the heart of the Spanish mission system—went on at Guevavi. Yet all but the initial years presided over by Father Kino have been forgotten. Drawing upon archival materials in Mexico, Spain, and the United States—including accounts by the missionaries themselves and the surviving pages of the Guevavi record books—Kessell brings to life those forgotten years and forgotten men who struggled to transform a native ranchería into an ordered mission community.Of the eleven Black Robes who resided at Guevavi between 1701 and 1767, only a few are well known to history. Others—such as Joseph Garrucho, who presided more years at Guevavi than any other Padre; Alexandro Rapicani, son of a favorite of Sweden’s Queen Christina; Custodio Zimeno, Guevavi’s last Jesuit—have the details of their roles filled in here for the first time.In this in-depth study of a single missionary center, Kessell describes in detail the daily round of the Padres in their activities as missionaries, educators, governors, and intercessors among the often-indifferent and occasionally hostile Pimas. He discusses the Pima uprising of 1751 and the events that led up to it, concluding that it actually continued sporadically for some ten years.

The growing ferocity of the Apache, the disastrous results of certain government policies—especially the removal of the Sobaípuri Indians from the San Pedro Valley—and the declining native population due to a combination of enforced culture change and epidemics of European diseases are also carefully explored. The story of Guevavi is one of continuing adversity and triumph. It is the story, finally, of expulsion for the Jesuits and, a few short years later, the end of Mission Guevavi at the hands of the Apaches. In Mission of Sorrows Kessell has projected meticulous research into a highly readable narrative to produce an important contribution to the history of the Spanish Borderlands.” — From the Publisher

Mesoamerica & South America

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.

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.


Native America

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.


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.


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.


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