Hardcover. NY, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1st, 1976, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 129 pages. Anthology of 20 stories gathered from 16th Century chronicles of missionaries. Illustrated by Bierhorst, Jane Byers. Clean copy. Dust jacket price-clipped.
Hardcover. New York, Simon & Schuster, First Thus, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 603 pages. Hardcover. Ivory & red cloth boards with gilt titles to spine. Dust jacket with only light marginal wear. Bright, clean & unmarked copy.
Hardcover. Paris, Braun & Co., 1st, 1928, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 150 pages of duotone plates, all photographed by Gerstmann. Introduction by Dr. F. Ahlfeld, 22 page index in English, Spanish and German. Frontispiece portrait of photographer with tissue guard, map at rear with his travels throughout Bolivia delineated. Olive suede covers with spine showing fading, gilt on front cover and spine faded, otherwise clean, bright copy. Hinges tender but no cracking.
Hardcover. NY, Abbeville, 1st, 2000, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. Teissl's vibrant, color photos capture the unique pageantry and euphoria of the world's largest party. The sounds of Carnival are captured in a companion CD.
Hardcover. NY/Berlin, Mouton Publishers, 1st, 1984, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket. 165 pages, three academic essays examine the codes and messages of the Brazilian Carnival. Numerous color photos. Foreword by Sebeok; Umberto Eco essay titled "The Frames of Comic 'Freedom'"; V.V. Ivanov essay titled "The Semiotic theory of Carnival as the Inversion of Bipolar Opposites"; and Monica Rector's essay "The code and Message of Carnival: 'Escolas-de-Samba''. Previous owner's name inside front cover, otherwise clean.
Softcover. New York, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1st, 1990, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 143 pages. Softcover. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor edgewear. Black & white photographs throughout.
Hardcover. NY, Viking Press, 1st, 1961, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, 280 pages. Hardcover. Illustrated with black & white photographs. Dust jacket with rubbing, short tears along edges - jacket now protected with clear plastic cover. Clean, tight copy.
Softcover. Berkeley CA, University of California Press, reprint, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 614 pages, b&w illustrations. When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? Set in the lands of Northeast Brazil, this is an account of the everyday experience of scarcity, sickness and death that centres on the lives of the women and children of a hillside "favela". Bringing her readers to the impoverished slopes above the modern plantation town of Bom Jesus de Mata, where she has worked on and off for 25 years, Nancy Scheper-Hughes follows three generations of shantytown women as they struggle to survive through hard work, cunning and triage. It is a story of class relations told at the most basic level of bodies, emotions, desires and needs. Most disturbing - and controversial - is her finding that mother love, as conventionally understood, is something of a bourgeois myth, a luxury for those who can reasonably expect, as these women cannot, that their infants will live. Clean copy.
Hardcover. San Juan, P.R., Fundacion El Nuevo Dia, 1st, 1996, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 375 pages, Spanish text with copious photographs throughout. Volume 1 only. Light dust jacket edge wear, otherwise, very clean and tight copy.
Hardcover. US, powerHouse Books, 1st, 2008-05-01, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 175 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Light shelf-wear to boards, else a clean, tight copy. Text and color and black and white photographs by Corona. A collection of images about a little known subset of bullfighers - dwarfs and their families.
Hardcover. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1st, 1912, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 319 pages, b&w photographs. Maroon cloth covers w/ gilt lettering and design; spine slightly faded. Top edge gilt. Light rubbing to cover corners. Foxing to edges. Light soiling to first few pages. Else a clean, tight copy.
Softcover. Hatje Cantz, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 240 pages. Venezuelan sculptor Gertrud Luise Goldschmidt (1912-1994), who worked under the pseudonym Gego, was one of the most important representatives of Latin American Geometric Abstractionism. Born in Germany, Goldschmidt became an architect and later immigrated to Caracas in 1939, where she radically altered the nature of modernist sculpture, countering the deductive logic of 1960s abstraction with a fluid conceptualism, reconfiguring "content-less" art into an open-ended process of "thinking the line." The most comprehensive examination of Gego's art published in English to date, this monograph contains deep analyses by scholars from a range of disciplines as well as previously untranslated historical texts, offering new perspectives on Gego's critical relationships to Venezuelan urbanism and kineticism, the New York avant-garde, and the European modernist traditions of Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism. Includes an illustrated chronology and an extensive plate section featuring three decades of sculpture and drawings.
Chicago, Albert Whitman, 1st, 1944, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 48 pages. Color, b&w illustrations by Bannon. Previous owner's bookplate opposite title page. Otherwise tight and clean in a bright unclipped dust jacket.
Softcover. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, First Edition, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover published to accompany the exhibition, Church's Great Picture, The Heart of the Andes, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 5, 1993 - January 2, 1994. Clean, bright copy.
Hardcover. Paris, Corbet Aine Libraire, 1st Thus, 1836, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 2 leather bound volumes. FRENCH TEXT. Black & white illustrations, each volume with fold-out map in rear. Volume 1 with rubbing, chipping to leather covers. 1" piece of leather missing at bottom of spine. Marbled endpapers. Light foxing throughout. Volume 2 with rubbing, chipping to leather covers. Marbled endpapers. Light to moderate foxing throughout. Both volumes with clean, unmarked texts.
Softcover. Durham NC, Duke University Press, 1st, 2004, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 328 pages, In Darkness and Secrecy brings together ethnographic examinations of Amazonian assault sorcery, witchcraft, and injurious magic, or "dark shamanism." Anthropological reflections on South American shamanism have tended to emphasize shamans' healing powers and positive influence. This collection challenges that assumption by showing that dark shamans are, in many Amazonian cultures, quite different from shamanic healers and prophets. Assault sorcery, in particular, involves violence resulting in physical harm or even death. While highlighting the distinctiveness of such practices, In Darkness and Secrecy reveals them as no less relevant to the continuation of culture and society than curing and prophecy. The contributors suggest that the persistence of dark shamanism can be understood as a form of engagement with modernity.These essays, by leading anthropologists of South American shamanism, consider assault sorcery as it is practiced in parts of Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, and Peru. They analyze the social and political dynamics of witchcraft and sorcery and their relation to cosmology, mythology, ritual, and other forms of symbolic violence and aggression in each society studied. They also discuss the relations of witchcraft and sorcery to interethnic contact and the ways that shamanic power may be co-opted by the state. In Darkness and Secrecy includes reflections on the ethical and practical implications of ethnographic investigation of violent cultural practices. Clean copy.
Hardcover. New York, Glitterati, 1st, 2012, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 352 page. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. A unique linsight into life in Brazil's infamous favelas. A honest portrayal of the 'other side' of Brazil's society.Portrays a world that came to prominence with the hit film City of God. Combining thought-provoking text and hard-hitting, stunning photography, Inside the Favelas provides a compelling commentary on the life in Brazil's shanty townsIncludes a foreword by The Honorable Sergio Cabral Filho, Govenor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hardcover. Berkeley CA, University of California Press, 1st, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 536 pages, illustrations in color and b&w. Light edgewear to dust jacket with small tear to upper edge of front cover. Clean, tight copy.
Softcover. Santa Fe, Museum of New Mexico Press, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 188 pages, illustrated with 100+ political posters made between 1960 and 1990, this book documents the sociopolitical history of Latin America during a period of intense radicalism and upheaval. Essays by leading Latin American scholars
Softcover. Lima, Librerias A. B. C., Reprint, 2002, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 252 pages. Softcover with light marginal wear to wraps. Bright photograph, Young Hiram Bingham in Front of Tent, to front wrap in bw. Full page, full color photographs throughout. Very clean, unmarked copy.
Softcover. Austin TX, University of Texas Press, 1st, 2011, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 288 pages. In the spring of 1983, a North American couple who were hoping to adopt a child internationally received word that if they acted quickly, they could become the parents of a boy in an orphanage in Honduras. Layers of red tape dissolved as the American Embassy there smoothed the way for the adoption. Within a few weeks, Margaret Ward and Thomas de Witt were the parents of a toddler they named Nelson-an adorable boy whose prior life seemed as mysterious as the fact that government officials in two countries had inexplicably expedited his adoption. In Missing Mila, Finding Family, Margaret Ward tells the poignant and compelling story of this international adoption and the astonishing revelations that emerged when Nelson's birth family finally relocated him in 1997. After recounting their early years together, during which she and Tom welcomed the birth of a second son, Derek, and created a family with both boys, Ward vividly recalls the upheaval that occurred when members of Nelson's birth family contacted them and sought a reunion with the boy they knew as Roberto. She describes how their sense of family expanded to include Nelson's Central American relatives, who helped her piece together the lives of her son's birth parents and their clandestine activities as guerrillas in El Salvador's civil war. In particular, Ward develops an internal dialogue with Nelson's deceased mother Mila, an elusive figure whose life and motivations she tries to understand.
Softcover. College Station, Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, 1st, 1939, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 315 pages. Softcover. Previous owners name at top right corner of front cover. Black & white photographs and illustrations. Darkening to spine paper, light surface rubbing to front cover. Clean, unmarked copy.
Hardcover. New York , Skira, 1st, 2006-09-05, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, like new in publishers shrink-wrap. 224 pages profusely illustrated in color. This book describes the grandeur and richness of the numerous civilizations predating the Incas, including the Paracas, Nazca, Recuay, Sican-Lambayeque, Moche-Sipan, and Chimu cultures, as well as the great Inca civilization. Included in the book are the important sites and landscapes representative of the three major ecological levels of Peru, as well as a general view and a historical perspective of the pre-Columbian cultures of Peru.
Hardcover. Washington DC, GPO, 1st, 1952, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, green cloth covers. Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 155. 453 pages, 60 plates, 88 figures including several large fold outs, appendix & bibliography. In 1946 the first attempt to study settlement patterns in the Americas took place in the Viru Valley, led by Gordon Willey. Rather than examine individual settlement sites, Willey wanted to look at the valley as a whole and the way that each village interacted with the others. The study showed that villages were located in places which reflected their relationship with the wider landscape and their neighbours. The project emphasised the importance for archaeologists of viewing sites holistically and to take into account the economic, environmental, social and political factors acting on past societies. Clean, bright copy with all plates and fold-outs in excellent condition. Owner's name inside front cover.
Softcover. Princeton NJ, Princeton University Press, 2nd pr., 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 488 pages, b&w illustrations. Addressing problems of objectivity and authenticity, Sabine MacCormack reconstructs how Andean religion was understood by the Spanish in light of seventeenth-century European theological and philosophical movements, and by Andean writers trying to find in it antecedents to their new Christian faith. Some fading to spine, otherwise a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. NY, Knopf, 1st, 1973, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket, 436 pages. Interviews with: Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel Angel Asturias, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortazar, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Guillermo Cabera Infante. B&w illustrations. Clean copy.
Hardcover. New York, National Travel Club, 1st, 1937, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, 388 pages, b&w photographs, map end papers. Edge wear, chipping, light yellowing to dust jacket. Previous owner's signature on front fly leaf. Else a very clean, tight copy.
Softcover. London, Tate Publishing, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. 224 pages, b&w illustrations. Provides new Latin American-centric scholarship, not only about surrealism's impact on the region but also about the region's impact on surrealism. It reconsiders the relation between art and anthropology, casts new light on the aesthetics of 'primitivism,' and makes a strong case for Latin American artists and writers as the inheritors of a movement that effectively went underground after World War II.
Hardcover. NY, Harper and Brothers, 1st, 1887, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, original blue cloth with embossed decorative vignette and gilt lettering on cover, gilt lettering on spine. Gilt top edge. Brown endpapers. Frontispiece engraving of author with tissue guard. Folding map indicating the Toltec Migrations, with four routes marked in blue, green, red and yellow by hand. Charnay, a French traveler and archaeologist, is known for pioneering photography to document his discoveries. Profusely illustrated with some 150 engravings, many of them full page, documenting the findings and views encountered on Charnay's journey, including maps and plans. Like many 1887 printings, lacks last plate of a mask found at Mitla on page 512. Sliver of blue cloth gone from top of spine. Previous owner's signature on front fly leaf, otherwise clean. Corner wear to covers, rear fly leaf missing.
Softcover. NY, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 1st, 1961, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, cream color wrappers, 180 pages with bibliography and index. Number Thirty of the Viking Fund Publications in Anthropology. This work is designed for both the archaeological and the ethnological specialist. With b/w plates. The study of the relationship between man and the plant world is called ethnobotany. This book provides a reconstruction of the ethnobotany of one of the hearths of American civilization, in the prehistoric cultures of the Peruvian Central Andes. Name on inside front cover, otherwise clean copy.
Hardcover. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1st, 1954, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in an unclipped, lightly worn dust jacket. 337 pages, b&w photos, index. A study of contemporary (circa 1950) community life in a small Latin-American community. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Trama Editorial; Bilingual edition, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 130 pages. Train to the Sun.-Understanding how a steam locomotive works is like watching the energy of boiling water by lifting the lid of a pan. The fuel (oil, coal stone or wood) is burned in the firebox, it heats the water in the boiler and makes steam, which in turn nourishes the cylinders linked to a piston. An exciting historical and cultural journey, with a spectacular photography that shows us the path of "the most difficult train in the world." A profile of one of the world's last operating steam trains in Ecuador. Text in Spanish and English.
Hardcover. France Loisirs , 1st, 1995, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 144 pages. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. Bastienne Schmidt's photographs are images of both life and death. Mercilessly direct, these pictures from Latin America - the fruits of intensive work over the past few years - bring to an existential fact of our lives, a truth we in western societies are only too happy to hide behind a facade of casual diversions and consumable "beauty"; the immediate presence of death. It takes courage to look at these pictures, for in the faces of these people from another culture we are confronted, violently and with an authenticity we cannot ignore, with the very destiny we refuse to accept. Moreover, Bastienne Schmidt shows us the naked truth that underlies not only our inability to look our own death in the face, but also our tendency to disregard the violent deaths of others, failing to recognize the value of "mere" life as we do, so long as they die far enough away from our own doorsteps.
Hardcover. New York , Atheneum, 1st, 1992, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. Color illustrations by author. SIGNED on title page, also INSCRIBED on copyright page by Lewin. A look at Brazil's Pantanal marsh describes the various types of creatures who inhabit it, from the South American caiman, to the world's largest rodent, to storks, egrets, and herons.
Hardcover. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1st, 1896, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 384 pages plus 32 page catalog of additional titles. Hardcover. Features 12 black & white illustrations by W. H. Margetson. Previous owners inscription on preliminary page. Green cloth covers with titles and decoration on front cover and spine. Covers show standard wear. Binding somewhat loose. Clean, unmarked text.