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Mesoamerican Writing Systems: Propaganda, Myth, and History in Four Ancient Civilizations

by Joyce Marcus

Condition: Near fine/very good


Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. First Edition, First Printing. 1/4 cloth. Near fine/very good. 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 pencilled 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. Quarto, 10 x 9 1/2 inches tall. Heavy and large, additional shipping will be billed at actual cost. 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

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