June 1st, 2021
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This week's selections are all about Mexico. With picks in both English and Spanish, the list includes a variety of books about Mexico's art, culture, and history. There are books on photography, folk art, architecture, and other topics, as well as a sampling of colorful travel brochures.

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Mexico: A Photographic History
Casanova, Rosa; Konzevik, Adriana

Editorial RM, 2007. English first edition; one of 2000 copies, unnumbered. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering and symbols on cover and spine. Mild soiling to bottom edge of front board, otherwise fine. Clear plastic dust jacket has some scratching and mild soiling. Tight binding and clean interior. Black and white photos throughout.

This book covers over 150 years of Mexico's history with photos from the Fototeca Nacional, one of Latin America's most important photo archives. With samples from 40 of the archive's most notable collections, this book offers a stunning variety of photos that depict many aspects of Mexico's rich heritage. Folio; 296 pp. 0021037. $68

Algunos Usos y Conceptos de la Fotografía durante el Porfiriato (Spanish Edition)
Matabuena Peláez, Teresa
Universidad Iberoamericana, 1991. Book is entirely in Spanish. Limited edition of 1000 copies, this is number 560. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Textured black boards with no lettering. Boards have mild scuffing and soiling, otherwise fine. Light yellow pictorial dust jacket. Jacket has very slight shelf wear and creasing along edges and mild soiling. Tight binding and clean interior. Includes photos in color and black and white throughout.

The Porfiriato refers to the period of more than 30 years that Mexico was under the rule of dictator Porfirio Diaz before the Mexican Revolution. This book offers an academic study of the Universidad Iberoamericana's Porfirio Diaz Collection of photos and documents to provide a greater understanding of Mexican society during that period. 4to; 166 pp. 0021035. $165
Imaginarios y Fotografia en Mexico, 1839-1970
Krinsky, Emma Cecilia Garcia; Et Al.
Lunwerg Editores, 2005. Book is entirely in Spanish. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Black boards with lettering blind stamped on cover and spine. Cover has small dent, otherwise boards are in fine condition. Black pictorial dust jacket with white lettering on cover and spine. Jacket has moderate scratching and scuffing to both sides. Vertical crease on back of jacket and dent on cover. Tight binding and clean interior. Black and white photos throughout.

In this book, four academics examine and reassess the history of photography in Mexico. Covering over a century a history, the photos discussed in this book are notable for both their aesthetic and documentary qualities. 4to; 285 pp. 0021032. $85
Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art
Fernandez de Calderon, Candida; Et Al.
Fomento Cultural Banamex, 1998. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Black cloth boards with silver lettering on cover and spine. Boards have slight rubbing to edges and mild soiling. Glossy black pictorial dust jacket with white lettering on cover and spine. Jacket has significant scratching and scuffing to both sides. Slight creasing to edges and mild soiling. A few page signatures have started to crack, but binding is still tight. Interior is clean. Color photos throughout.

This sizable volume presents profiles of Mexican artisans that are filled with details about how they create beautiful and meaningful works of art. The mediums explored in this book include clay, vegetable fibers, wood, metals, and textiles.
Folio; 551 pp. 0021026. $125
Rodolfo Morales: Maestro de los Sueños/Master of Dreams
Sepulveda, Guillermo; Et Al.
Museo Marco & Lunwerg Editores, 2005. Bilingual edition in both English and Spanish. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Black cloth boards with lettering blind stamped on cover and spine. Moderate soiling along bottom edge of boards, otherwise fine. Illustrated dust jacket with white lettering on cover and spine is wrapped in Mylar. Jacket has mild soiling to back side. Mylar is heavily scratched, but jacket itself is fine. Tight binding and clean interior. Color reproductions of art throughout. Includes laid-in pamphlet for a Morales exhibition at a museum in Mexico City and three postcards with portraits of Morales.

This book was published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey. The book combines striking reproductions of Rodolfo Morales's dream-like paintings with four critical essays about the famed artist and his legacy. 4to; 245 pp. 0021031. $55
Ceramic Trees of Life: Popular Art from Mexico
Mulryan, Lenore Hoag
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 2003. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. No dust jacket. Yellow and red pictorial wrapper with title in white on spine. Wrapper has mild soiling and some scratching to back side. Tight binding and clean interior. Color photos throughout.

Published to accompany an exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, this volume celebrates the uniquely Mexican art form of Trees of Life, ceramic candelabras that often depict mixtures of indigenous cosmologies and biblical themes. The book pairs essays about the rich tradition with striking color photos of pieces from the museum collection. 4to; 168 pp. 0021028. $68
Mexican Folk Retablos: Masterpieces on Tin
Giffords, Gloria Kay
University of Arizona Press, 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Navy blue cloth boards with silver lettering on cover and spine. Some soiling and dust on edges of boards, otherwise very good. Blue illustrated dust jacket with white and purple lettering on spine is wrapped in Mylar. Not price clipped. Slight creasing and shelf wear along edges of jacket. Tight binding and clean interior. Reproductions of art in color and black and white throughout.

This book explores the nearly vanished Mexican art form of folk retablos -- paintings of religious figures on tin -- that flourished during the 19th century. The retablo illustrations are accompanied by text providing information on the history of the art form and the various religious figures from the Catholic faith that are portrayed. Oblong 8vo; 160. 0021017. $48
Mexican Indian Costumes
Cordry, Donald and Dorothy
University of Texas Press, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering over black on spine. Boards have mild soiling and black coloring on spine has started to chip away, otherwise fine. Muted gold pictorial dust jacket with black lettering on cover and white lettering on spine. Jacket is wrapped in Mylar and is not price clipped. Very slight shelf wear on edges of jacket. Tight binding and clean interior. Includes 276 photographic plates (16 in color), several maps, as well as drawings and diagrams.

This book examines the textile traditions of Mexico's indigenous people, exploring the techniques, tools, and regional variations of the beautifully colorful garments and accessories. Folio; 373 pp. 0021036. $25
Mexico According to Eisenstein
Karetnikova, Inga; Steinmetz, Leon
University of New Mexico Press, 1991. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Boards have rubbing to edges and mild soiling. Colorful dust jacket with orange lettering on cover and spine. Jacket has creasing and shelf wear on edges with two tears about an inch long on bottom edge. Mild soiling and mark from where sticker was removed on back. Small stamp on bottom edge of text block. Tight binding and clean interior. Black and white photos throughout.

This book tells the story of ¡Que Viva Mexico!, an unfinished film project by influential Russian director Sergei Eisenstein. The two authors explore how politics and funding compromised the director's vision in what Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz called "A remarkable book." 4to; 200 pp. 0021033. $18
Anita Brenner: A Mind of Her Own
Glusker, Susannah Joel
University of Texas Press, 1998. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Boards have a few small stains on cover and rubbing to bottom edge. White pictorial dust jacket with black lettering on cover and spine is wrapped in Mylar. Jacket has no notable defects. Small stain on fore-edge of text block. Tight binding and clean interior. Includes black and white illustrations and photos. Laid-in is a clipped out magazine article about Brenner from a 2004 issue of Vanity Fair.

Written by her daughter, this biography of intellectual Anita Brenner uses material from her unpublished journals and autobiographical novel. As a journalist, historian, anthropologist, art critic, and creative writer, Brenner wrote extensively about Mexico's art and culture. She is perhaps best known for her role in spreading awareness of what she called the "Mexican Renaissance" to an international audience in the years that followed the country's revolution. 8v0; 298 pp. 0021034. $20
Bad Yankee, El Peligro Yankee:
American Entrepreneurs and Financiers in Mexico
Hanrahan, Gene Z.
Documentary Publications, 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Two volume set. Burnt orange boards with black lettering on cover and spine. Both books have very slight rubbing to edges and mild soiling to boards, overall in very good condition. Orange illustrated dust jackets with black lettering are both wrapped in Mylar. Both jackets have creasing and chipping to edges; scuffing along hinges and folds; foxing on flaps. Tight binding in both books. Foxing on edges of text blocks and on endpapers, otherwise the interiors of both volumes are clean. Volume 1 has a review copy label taped to first free end paper.
These two books tell the story of American business ventures in Mexico between 1880 and 1930. The author explores how those businesses used the corruption of dictator Porfirio Diaz to exploit the country's people and natural resources, thereby acting as a cause of the Mexican Revolution. 8vo. 0021021. $25
Criada
Goodspeed, Bernice I.
The American Book & Printing Co., 1950. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Inscribed by the author on the first free endpaper. Light green cloth boards with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Boards have a few small dents on edges and corners are bumped. Creasing to head and tail of spine. Yellow and white illustrated dust jacket with green lettering on cover is wrapped in Mylar. Significant chipping and creasing to edges of jacket, particularly to head of spine. Numerous vertical tears, all of which have been repaired with tape on inside of jacket. Binding is tight. Pages have toning on edges and there is occasional marginalia, but interior is largely clean. Features 17 line drawings by Carl Pappe. Includes laid-in pamphlet advertising Goodspeed's art gallery and a printed note about the author's time in Mexico in both the native language of Nahuatl and English.

Criada, which translates to maid, is the autobiography of an American woman living in Mexico during the 1930s and 40s that pays special attention to the women she employed as servants. 8vo; 381 pp. 0021022. $30
Compromised Positions: Prostitution, Public Health, and Gender Politics in Revolutionary Mexico City
Bliss, Katherine Elaine
Penn State University Press, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Red boards with black lettering on spine. One corner is slightly bumped, no other notable defects on boards. Black pictorial dust jacket with white lettering on cover and spine is wrapped in Mylar. Jacket has slight shelf wear on edges, otherwise fine. Tight binding and clean interior. Includes black and white illustrations.

This book explores the politicization of female prostitution in Mexico during the first half of the 20th century. Using a variety of sources, history professor Katherine Bliss argues that political changes and social reforms were repeatedly compromised by antiquated ideas about gender and class. 8vo; 243 pp. 0021023. $25
Paths of the Padres through Sonora:
An Illustrated History and Guide to Its Spanish Churches
Roca, Paul M.
Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. Boards have very slight rubbing to edges, otherwise fine. Red illustrated dust jacket with white lettering on cover and black lettering on spine is wrapped in Mylar. Not price clipped. Slight shelf wear to edges of jacket. Mild soiling to edges of text block. Tight binding and clean interior. Includes folding map (fine condition) in rear pocket, color frontispiece, and black and white photos.

Completed after eight years of travel throughout the state of Sonora in northwest Mexico, this book is a historical guide to the old Spanish churches of that region. Part travelogue and part history of the Spanish mission system, the book features an entry for every Spanish church in Sonora accompanied by photographs taken by the author and maps created by cartographer Don Bufkin. 8vo; 468 pp. 0021025. $38
Dominican Architecture in Sixteenth-Century Oaxaca
Mullen, Robert James
Arizona State University Center for Latin American Studies, 1975. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Orange boards with brown lettering on cover and spine. Boards have slight rubbing and mild soiling to bottom edge, otherwise fine. Yellow dust jacket with orange cross on cover and browning lettering on cover and spine. Not price clipped. Jacket has very mild soiling and slight shelf wear to edges. Tight binding and clean interior. Includes black and white photos and map design on endpapers.

This book on colonial architecture in Mexico presents a systematic study of Dominican establishments in the state of Oaxaca. Art historian Robert Mullen identified Dominican architecture in remote locales throughout Oaxaca then analyzed the building techniques and architectural styles, determined constructions dates and the friar responsible, and drew connections to influential Spanish architect Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón. 8vo; 260 pp. 0021024. $38
Monografias Mexicanas: Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca
Editorial "Cvltvra", 1934. Spanish and English Edition. Softcover. Condition: Good. No dust jacket. White illustrated wrapper with red lettering on cover and black lettering on spine. Vertical crease runs length of wrapper cover. Shelf wear to edges. Mild soiling and foxing. Glue in rear gutter has begun to peel, but binding is still fairly tight. Interior is largely clean except for some very light toning, creasing to some pages, and spots where pages stuck together. Includes folding map in very good condition and black and white photos throughout.

This bilingual booklet provides a list of tourist attractions in the Mexican state of Morelos. It includes brief entries on archaeological sites, notable examples of colonial architecture, and scenic points of interest. 12mo; 78 pp. 0021027. $35
Mitla: Town of the Souls,
and Other Zapoteco-Speaking Pueblos of Oaxaca, Mexico
Parsons, Elsie Clews
University of Chicago Press, 1936. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No dust jacket. Brown buckram boards with gilt lettering on spine. Slight rubbing along edges and some wear to head and tail of spine. There is an odd error in the binding that placed a few pages and one plate out of order; the page signature is also starting to split, leaving a couple pages loose but not completely detached. A few other page signatures are cracked, but binding is still tight. Interior is clean. Includes 51 black and white photographic plates, 11 text illustrations, and three folding maps, all of which are present.

This anthropological work examines the blend of indigenous and Spanish culture in Oaxaca, Mexico. The author looks at government, religion, traditions, and many other cultural factors in an attempt to determine how a culture may persist while elements of a new culture are either adopted or rejected. The book draws parallels between Oaxaca and the similar blending of cultures that occurred between the Native Americans and Spanish in the southwestern United States. 8v0; 590 pp. 0021015. $25
Mexico - Escorted Tours in Private Pullman as Low as $169.00 -
All Expense from Chicago
American Express Company, 1939.  Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. Red and blue theme; blue duotone photos; ticket agent's card stapled to rear panel. One sheet folded into 16 panels. Light soiling, else very good.

The phrases used to describe the tours offered were sure to attract: "economy without the sacrifice of comfort," "quality without extravagance" and "an unforgettable vacation, an outstanding travel bargain." 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 022863. $35
General Information for the Motorist Visitor to Mexico
PEMEX Travel Club. Pamphlet Condition: Very Good. Blue, yellow, green and white wraps; staple bound. No publication date but circa 1940s. Pamphlet has light wear.

This pamphlet includes general information such as language, climate, clothing to bring, immigration requirements, food and drink, travel routes, budgeting, and a basic map of Mexico City. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 11 pp. 022868. $25
Mexico
National Railways of Mexico. Pamphlet. Condition: Very Good. No publication date but published circa the 1930s or 40s. Pamphlet has light soiling.

Bright pictorial wraps invite the traveler to visit "colorful Mexico!" B&W illustrations and photos show the country's landscape, historic buildings, prehistoric sites, and small villages. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 16pp. 022844. $20

The Inter American Route: Mexico
Direccion General De Turismo. Condition: Very Good. Accordion folded map with text on verso housed in bright wraps. Map folds out to 8" x 36". No publication date. Wraps have light soiling and wear, else very good.

This pictorial map highlights what is called "The Route of the Friars," which went from Ciudad Juarez to Mexico City to El Ocotal (Guatemalan Frontier). The map includes the distance and elevation of the cities and towns along the route, and the text describes the route and its history. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 9 pp. 022847. $25
Yucatan
Yucatan Trails Travel Agency. Pamphlet Condition: Very Good. Brightly illustrated brochure for a trip to the Yucatan peninsula. One sheet folded into 8 panels. No publication date but circa 1930s or 40s. Light soiling, else very good.

Illustrations and photos in the pamphlet depict women posing in their fashionable swimsuits, men lounging in hammocks, beaches, fishing boats and a group "dining in a tropical paradise."  8vo 8" - 9" tall. 022866. $20
If you are interested in these travel brochures, please contact us for more information as we have many others that were not featured in this week's list.
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