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Yucatan Before and After the Conquest by  trans Friar Diego De Landa; Wm. Gates - Hardcover - Second Edition - 1937 - from Uncommon Works, IOBA and Biblio.com

Yucatan Before and After the Conquest

by Friar Diego De Landa; Wm. Gates, trans

Condition: Very good


Baltimore: The Maya Society, 1937. Second Edition. Original cloth. Very good. Friar Diego De Landa. 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. 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
  • Bookseller: Uncommon Works, IOBA US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 203
  • Title: Yucatan Before and After the Conquest
  • Author: Friar Diego De Landa; Wm. Gates, trans
  • Illustrator: Friar Diego De Landa
  • Format/binding: Original cloth
  • Book condition: Used - Very good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Maya Society
  • Place: Baltimore
  • Date published: 1937
  • Keywords: Maya, missions, temple, pyramid, Mexico, glyphs, language, archaeology, anthropology, yucatan, tula, tulum, chichen, aztec, toltec, conquistador, exploration, discovery, americas, pre-columbian
  • Bookseller catalogs: Spanish Conquest;
  • Subjects: HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies);


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