THE ANCIENT AMERICAN CIVILIZATIONS (History of Civilization series)
by Friedrich Katz. B&W drawings. Cover photo: Mask representing the god Quezalcoatl, Aztec, c. 1500.
Condition: NEW 2000 Phoenix Press Trade Paperback, first printing.
Content: Originally published in Germany in 1969. Ever since Columbus set foot on American soil ("invaded" is the correct term),
and convinced he had reached India, called the native populations Indians, the origins of the aboriginal inhabitants have been hotly debated. There are few
empires about which such contradictory ideas persist as those of the Inca and the Aztecs. Katz Begins his study of the ancient
American civilizations - spanning the vast period from the first peoples, thirty-five to fifty thousand years ago, to the Spanish
Conquest of 1517 - with a discussion of the sources of our knowledge. He describes the inhabitants, their agriculture - and the cultural sphere
of Mesoamerica. Tracing the development of the civilizations of pre-Columbian America from village communities to prosperous city states,
this is a fascinating account of how these civilizations culminated in the magnificent empires of the Aztecs and Inca. [1 copy available]
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EL INCA: The Life and Times of Garcilaso de la Vega
by John Grier Varner. A few B&W photos throughout.
Condition: Very Good 1968 University of Texas hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), no printing given. Problem: DJ shows edgewear and rubbings along folds and flaps and top & bottom edges & price-clipped. Gift "statement" pasted to inside front cover. If the book has been read, it was only to about the Preface and abandoned.
Content: Garcilaso de la Vega, the great chronicler of the Incas and the conquistadors, was born at Cuzco in 1539. At the age of twenty, he sailed to Spain to acquire an education and remained there until his death in 1616. As the natural son of a noble conquistador and an Indian woman of royal blood, he took immense pride in both his Spanish and Incaic heritage and he personally witnessed the last gasp of the dying Inca empire, the fratricidal conflicts that accompanied the conquest, and the literary growth as well as the political decline of the Spain of Philip II and Philip III. This is one of the earliest accounts of the ancient Incas, a eliable though admittedly biased chronicle of Spanish conquests in Andean America and a flowing story of de Soto's exploration of North America. In both blood and character El Inca was a true mestizo. He is considered to have been the first native-born American to attain the honor of publication. [1 copy left]
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EMPIRE OF THE INCA
by Burr Cartwright Brundage. Foreword by Arnold J. Toynbee. Wonderful B&W drawings illustrate.
Condition: Used 1988 University of Oklahoma Press Trade paperback, second printing. Many pages have either
notes or underlining.
Content: One of the "must-read" books on the great Inca civilization - the people from a small pocket of the Peruvian sierra
that became the architects of a sacred empire called Tahuantinsuyo, the "Four Quarters." Though the Incas were small in numbers,
they succeeded in creating independently their own complex bureaucracy exceeding rich in religious ceremonials. The ruling despot,
known as the Inca, had his official residence at Cuzco, from which the empire was extended into northern Ecuador and central
Chile. This story of expansion and the Inca way of life is fascinating reading. Their history never loses its sense of the marvelous. [1 copy available]
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FORTIFICATIONS OF THE INCAS 1200 - 1531 (Osprey Fortress # 47)
by HW & J E Kaufmann. Color illustrations by Adam Hook (and De Poma). Color maps, cutaways, drawings.
Condition: NEW 2006 Osprey soft cover, first printing.
Content: The greatest period of Inca expansion occurred during the reigns of Pachacuti (1438–71), Tupa Inca (1471–93), and Huayna Capac (1493–1527). From the mountain stronghold of Cuzco, they subjugated the surrounding kingdoms and territories, absorbing their civilizations and their peoples. By 1525, they dominated much of the west of the continent, relying on fortified strongholds, an extensive system of roads an bridges, and obligatory military service to control local populations. This title takes a detailed look at the development of Incan fortification techniques, and examines how they came to be overrun by the Spanish conquistadors. All the detail you would expect with an Osprey book. [1 copy available]
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FROM VIRACOCHA TO THE VIRGIN OF COPACABANA: Representation of the Sacred at Lake Titicaca
by Veronica Salles-Reese. De Leon illustrations and B&W photos.
Condition: Gently pre-read (to about page 12 & abandoned) 1997 Univ. of Texas Press Trade Paperback, first thus. One mark in margin on one page. Light shelf wear.
Content: If you are interested in the Inca religion and mythology of South America, this is the book for you. As detailed as Urton, but much easier reading. Lake Titicaca has been a sacred place to the Andean people from prehistoric
times to today. The author explores how Andean myths of cosmic and ethnic origins centered on Lake Titicaca evolved from pre-Inca times to the enthronement of the Virgin of Copacabana in 1583. She begins by describing the myths of the
Kolla (pre-Inca) people and shows how their Inca conquerors attempted to establish legitimacy the reconciling their myths of cosmic and ethnic origin with teh Kolla myths. Fascinating book. [2 copies available]
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HISTORY OF THE CONQUEST OF PERU
by William H. Prescott. B&W maps.
Condition: Very good + 1998 Modern Library hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Pale tanning to page edges. This was my book and there are a few very small red check marks in the margins to page 23. That's where I stopped reading.
Content: Originally published in 1847, History of the Conquest of Peru, a companion volume to William H. Prescott's masterly History of the Conquest of Mexico, continues his vivid chronicle of Spanish exploits in the New World. The book's commanding vision of Pizarro's tumultuous overthrow of the Inca empire has secured its reputation as a classic in the literature of Latin American history. [1 copy available]
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THE INCAS (See Through History)
text by Tim Wood. Colorful and historically accurate illustrations with color photos by various artists.
Condition: NEW 1996 Heinemann hard cover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), no printing given. Decorated end pages. Back cover is a great rendering of Machu Picchu.
Content: 4 overlay pages: Inca palace; houses and homes; Temples to the Sun God; and a tampu, an Inca waystation. The finely detailed, full-color illustrations are the most outstanding feature of both of thistitles. The clear plastic overlays that allow readers to see inside a typical an Inca temple are an unnecessary gimmick. The book begins with an introductory double-page chapter and a map. A chronology helps orient readers to the vast sweep of Inca history. Subsequent chapters cover such topics as farming, religion, clothing, architecture, and many aspects of daily life. The Incas devotes the final two chapters to the Spanish conquest, certainly a tale told elsewhere, but rarely with such fine illustrations. Appendixes contain a list of key dates and a brief glossary. Ages 9+. Questions welcome. [1 copy available.]
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THE LAST OF THE INCAS
by Edward Hyams and George Ordish. B&W maps & de Poma drawings.
Condition: UNREAD 1996 Barnes & Noble hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), 6th printing.
Content: On August 28, 1533, in the torchlit square of Cuzco, the great Inca emperor Atahualpa was baptized a Christian and then garroted to death by order of Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador of dubious parentage and great ambition. In that moment,
a powerful American empire which stretched across what is now three nations collapsed and sank into a poverty still unrelieved today. This book is a dramatically written, authoritative account of the Inca Empire; its rulers and their queens, its unique social structure;
its cultural achievements, the special circumstances of its downfall. With comparisons to modern politics, economics and human behavior, they illuminate the story of the Incas as brightly as the gold coveted by their Spanish conquerors. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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LORDS OF CUZCO: A History and Description of the Inca People In Their Final Days
by Burr Cartwright Brundage. B&W era drawings illustrate with B&W maps.
Condition: Very gently pre-read, IF at all, 1967 Univ. of Oklahoma Press hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition. Light tanning to DJ inside white flaps with light edgewear to DJ edges. DJ price-clipped.
Content: This book is the history of the Incas caste from the inception of Huayna Capac's rule to the year 1572 when the Incas are said to have been extinguished as a people. It describes the Incas at the peak of their power, in the period of their decline, and in their extinction by fiat of the Viceroy of Castile. This volume probes significant aspects of the life of these little-known people. The food they ate, their methods of warfare, sexual habits, knowledge of engineering, modes of building, and speech patterns - all the details are given, taken from original contemporary or near-contemporary sources. Until now, all the Indians in the environs of Cuzco have indiscriminately referred to as Incas. That this is not tenable if fully demonstrated by Brundage's discussion of who the Incas were. The amazing connection between the Inca people and the city of Cuzco is also thoroughly
explored. Huaman Poma's drawings, which the author terms "visual reminiscences," are used to illumine the text. Essential work! Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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THE LOST HISTORY OF THE INCAS
by Dr. David M. Jones. Over 500 color photos, maps, artworkds and fine art images. Beautiful!!!
Condition: NEW 2007 Hermes House (London) over -sized soft cover, first impression.
Content: This is an authoritative account of the awe-inspiring story of the Inca Empire and peoples of the sun - a guide to the lost world of the natives of the Andes: from the acient civilizations of Paracas, Chavin, Nazca and Moche to the Tiwanaku, WAri, and Chimu. A fascinating study of power, politics, war and the empire building that shaped one of the biggest and most sophisticated civilizations in history. Explores myth and religion:
how ancient cultures paid homage to rainforest gods - jaguars, serpents, monkeys and birds - and to creator gods, including the Staff Deity and Inti the Sun God. One of those must-have books on the ancient Americas. [2 copies available]
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MARKHAM IN PERU: The Travels of Clements R. Markham, 1852 - 1853
by Charles R. Markham. Edited by Peter Blanchard. B&W maps and illustrations from Markham's journal.
Condition: NEW 1991 University of Texas Press Trade Paperback, first edition, first printing. Tiny edge wear.
Content: Clements Markham had his own ideas about what his life's work should be. In 1852, Marhkam left his father's choice, the British Navy, and set out for Peru to study the ruins of the
Inca empire. His ten-month sojourn in Peru produced this journal, one of the few surviving accounts of Peru at mid-nineteenth century, and launched Markham on a career that led ultimately to the presidency of the
Royal Geographical Society. His journal captures Peru in transition from the colonial past to the modern ear. He was one of the first English travelers to visit Cuzco and he also witnessed the waning of slavery on the
great cotton and sugar plantations as modern machinery and Chinese coolie labor were introduced. He visited with all classes of society, from the Indian peasants, who still lived much as their Inca ancestors had done, to
the Spanish-descended elites, whose Europeanized lifestyle was underwritten by fortunes made in the guano industry. Fascinating! Questions welcome. [2 copies available]
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ON THE TRAIL OF THE FEATHERED SERPENT: An Archaeologist Finds and Sails the Ancient Sea Route That Linked Incan and Aztec Civilizations
by Gene Savoy (Antisuyo). Loaded with B&W photos, maps, and drawings. End pages are decorated with the sea route Savoy followed.
Condition: Gently pre-read 1974 Bobbs-Merrill hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Problems: Edgewear with chips to DJ edges plus tanning to DJ spine and a bit into the front panel. Some foxing and "spots" fore edges and top edges of book. Interior clean & tight - no tanning.
Content: Peruvian myth tells of a wise man known as Viracocha who sailed awy to the north after a period of persecution. And Mexican legend is filled with tales of Quetzalcoatl, a godlike fiture who appeared by sea from the south, who established law among the Aztecs, and whose fame grew as a teacher of all things. In Mexico and Yucatan, in the Andean caves, and in the jungles of Peru, extraordinary likenesses have been noted among stone carvings relating to these legends and in the ornamental work found among the runis of the ancients. Others have dismissed these similarities as coincidence. SAvoy felt sure that hundreds of years before the Spanish Conquest - and much earlier than scientists had thought it possible - cultural interchange had taken place between South and Central America. Guided by the legends, he theorized a sea link. To prove his assumption, he set out to duplicate the mythological voyage of Viracocha/Quetzalcoatl from Peru to Mexico.This tale of daring and exciting sea expedition in a totora reed vessel rivals the adventures of Kon-Tiiki. Wonderful read! Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS: MYTHS AND SYMBOLS
by Fernando Eloretta Salazar and Edgar Elorrieta Salazar. Mostly color photos plus B&W photos and detailed site drawings. Cover: Great Pyramid of Pacaritanpu.
Condition: UNREAD 1996 Sociedad Pacaritanpu Hatha (Peru) soft cover, no printing given.
Content: Fernando and Edgar Elorrieta introduce the world to a new and profound view of Andean myths that they have been able to decode and convert into history and reality through a study of semiotics, aesthetics and archaeoastronomy. The authors show us ritual spaces and forms which represented natural beings, and give back the original spirit, inherent in the forms themselves to the architectural complexes. Many of the famous archaeological sites are shown with drawing and photos how they are monolithic recreations of animals and men important to the Andean societies that built them. Fascinating! [1 copy available]
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ANDEAN GOD BOOKPLATES
art from a photo.
Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 3.5" H x 3.0" W. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Libra BT) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
Content: This bookplate is also a design from much of Inca and pre-Inca stonework. This is also from the Gate of the Sun.
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MACHU PICCHU BOOKPLATES
art from a photo rendering.
Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get at anywhere else. 4.0" H x 3.0" W. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is ZurichCalligraphic) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
Content: This beautiful rendering from a photo is used on our front page and depicts what was most likely the beauty of Machu Picchu.
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