Publisher: Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 1981
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 106222
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Beige cloth-covered boards with title stamped in gold on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Désiré Charnay. Text by Keith F. Davis. Includes notes to the text, an annotated bibliography, a list of publications by Charnay, a list of negatives in the Musée de L'Homme and an index. 212 pp., with 64 black-and-white plates and 60 additional illustrations. 10-1/4 x 8-1/4 inches.
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (moderate surface wear and wear to the extremities, 1/4-inch closed tear at top edge of front cover).
From the publisher: "A traveler and writer of considerable fame in the late nineteenth century, Charnay made the first photographs of Mayan ruins in Mexico when he visited Chichén-Itzá, Palenque, Mitla, Izamal, and Uxmal in 1859. Later he took many other photographs in Mexico and in Madagascar, Java, and Australia ... [The book] is important in the history of photography, anthropology, and archaeology."