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AN ALBUM OF MAYA ARCHITECTURE
by Tatiana Proskouriakoff. B&W drawings of the city buildings and B&W photos of artifacts. Condition: Gently pre-read c. 1977 Univ. of Oklahoma soft cover, new edition, 7th priting. Problem: This book looks new - feels new - BUT almost every page has extremely neat underlining with occasional notes - which I find very interesting. A very odd combination for a book. Content: Over 1,200 years ago, a magnificent civilization towered above the jungles of Central America and southern Mexico. The highly sophisticated people who inhabited this area had built elaborately carved temples and religious compounds, only to have their achievements disappear over the centuries, destroyed by foreign conquests, earthquakes, floods, and tropical overgrowth. This book, using as background the discoveries of nineteenth-century adventurers, describes the efforts of twentieth-century archeologists who excavated and restored a number of important sites to their former architectural splendor. Today, Mayan architecture attracts not only students of pre-Columbian civilization but also tourists, historians, and anthropologists. This book, through the author's own detailed illustrations, presents 36 sites as they appeared more than a thousand years ago. Facing the illustration of each structure is a documented text of archaelogical finds and a line drawing of existing remains. Among the sites depicted are the shrine in the Temple of the Cross at Palenque; the Acropolis and a Maya sweat bath in Piedras Negras, Guatemala; the hieroglyphic stairway, ball court, and reviewing stand in Copán, Honduras; The Palace at Sayil, Yucatán; The Palace of the Governors, in Uxmal; and The Red House and platforms on the north terrace at Chichén Itzá. Archaeological references and a map of the Maya area, showing the location of illustrated sites, complete this imaginative and well-executed study of ancient Mayan architecture. Unabridged republication. [1 copy available]
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An Album of Maya Architecture

CALENDARIO MAYA (Maya Calendar)
by Sidney Hollander and Eduardo Perez de Heredia. Vivid color drawings from the Codex. Condition: UNREAD c. 1998+ Calendario Maya (Mexico) hardcover (made to look and feel like a stone tablet), third edition. No DJ issued. Content: Based on the Popol Vuh, this book is excellent for older kids or adults. The book unfolds like a Codex. The cover is "aged" a bit to appear old. The colorful illustrations are from Codex figures. Explores Maya numbering system, the Long Count, The Lord of the Night, Tsolkin, Haab, Calendar Round, Reading Stela, and how to make your own personal Stela. [1 copy available]
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Calendario Maya

EVERYDAY LIFE OF THE MAYA
by Ralph Whitlock. B&W photos and artifact drawings illustrate. Condition: NEW 1987 Dorset hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), 5th printing (c. 1995). Pale tanning to page edges. Content: This book describes the highly developed Mayan civilization noted for its achievements in architecture, mathematics, and astrology. Every facet of Maya life is described and documented. One of the best Maya books ever, IMHO. [1 copy available]
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Everyday Life of the Maya, Whitlock

HOW THE MAYA BUILT THEIR WORLD: Energetics and Ancient Architecture
by Elliot M. Abrams. B&W photos, drawings, maps, & charts illustrate. Condition: NEW 1994 Univ. of Texas Trade Paperback, first edition, no printing given. Very light edge wear. Content: Maya architecture is often described as "massive" and "monumental," but experiments at Copan, Honduras, convinced Elliot Abrams that 300 people could have built one of the large palaces there in only 100 days. In this groundbreaking work, Abrams explicates his theory of architectural energetics, which involves translating structures into volumes of raw and manufactured materials that are then multiplied by the time required for their production and assembly to determine the labor costs of past construction efforts. Applying this method to residential structures of the Late Classic period (A.D. 700-900) at Copan leads Abrams to posit a six-tiered hierarchic social structure of political decision making, ranging from a stratified elite to low-ranking commoners. By comparing the labor costs of construction and other economic activities, he also prompts a reconsideration of the effects of royal construction demands on commoners. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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How the Maya Built Their World, Abrams

IN SEARCH OF THE MAYA: The First Archaeologists
by Robert Brunhouse. B&W photo section. Condition: UNREAD 1990 Ballantine Books paperback, third printing. Bookstore embossed seal bottom title page. Light edge wear. Content: This book gives us the fascinating portraits of the adventurous early explorers who discovered the most extraordinary of all ancient Western civilizations. "From the end of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, a handful of investigators braved the dangers of the unknown and discovered the fascinating and spectacular history of a lost culture. Early explores such as Dupaix, who accepted a commission from Charles IV, discovered remarkable achievements and disappeared suddenly after his third expedition. Or the lawyer John L Stephens, who covered more territory and examined more Mayan sites than any previous explorer and made the first record of Mayan accomplishments. And there was the physician Le Piongeon, who claims to discovered a race of giants and dwarfs, and encountered the legendary Chacmool-The Tiger King." [1 copy available]
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In Search of the Maya, Brunhouse

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THE MAYA HIEROGLYPHS
by Sylvanus Griswold Morley (Carnegie Institution). 117 B&W drawings, charts, & maps illustrate. Condition: UNREAD c. 1975 Dover Trade Paperback, no printing given. Content: This is an unabridged reproduction of the original 1915 work published by the Government Printing Office. While some of the original drawings were in color, all of these are in B&W. A new introduction and bibliography by J. Eric S. Thompson for this edition. Best introduction to the topic—easily accessible to beginners. Extremely full in interpretation; very thorough in exposition of variants and unusual features, with reproductions of many inscriptions unavailable elsewhere. Material from Old and New Empires. Reviewer: "If you're interested in the fascinating and complex world of Maya hieroglyphs and calendrics, and searching for a book that provides an easily understandable introduction into this rather complicated realm, then look no further. Despite being over 80 years old, Morley's book is still the perfect beginner's playfield, combining logical structure, extremely detailed explanations and lots of examples to create a highly readable volume that's both scientifically brilliant and understandable for everyone at the same time. It is of course not a complete reference guide, having been written long before the recent decipherments of Maya writing and before all the calendric glyphs were known, with the short historical section being badly dated - but that's secondary. It wants to help readers with their first steps into its subject matter, the Maya calendar glyphs, and that it does with commendable ease and clarity. This book was the principal starting point of many a major player in the field of epigraphy, and this it could well remain for the next generation of researchers and armchair-archaeologists alike. To buy or not to buy? No question here." There is a newer printing but not a new edition. [1 copy available]
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Inntroduction Study of Maya Hieroglyphs, Morley

MAYA HISTORY & RELIGION
by J. Eric S. Thompson. Foreword by David Pendergast and Elizabeth Graham. B&W photo section with B&W drawings througout. Condition: Very gently pre-read, if at all, 1990 University of Oklahoma Press Trade Paperback, first printing. 415 pages. Content: Thompson, dean of Maya scholars, has written an important book - he analyzes maya religious beliefs and creation myths, as well as the importance of tobacco and its uses, in order to show the continuity of Maya culture from the beginning of the Christian era to the present. Beautifully written and well-documents. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Maya History & Religion, Thompson

MAYA ARCHAEOLOGIST
by J. Eric S. Thompson. Foreword by Norman Hammond. B&W era photo section plus B&W drawings throughout. Condition: NEW 1971 Univ of Oklahoma Press Trade Paperback edition (c. 2000+), 5th printing. Bookstore price marked out top corner loose end page. Content: This is an autobiographical account of explorations in Mayan ruins by J. Eric Thompson, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Maya Indians of Mexico and Central America. Based on his expeditions from 1926 to 1936 - when conditions in the Maya area were very close to those in the years of the Conquest - this book is an intensely personal account of the investigation of the "stone cities," such as Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, Copán, Tikal, and Quirigua, as well as lively portraits of the archaeologists who probed this civilization Excellent. [1 copy available]
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Maya Archaeologist, Thompson

MAYA LAND In Color (Profiles of America series)
by Walter R. Aguiar. Wonderful color photos of monumentws and cities. B&W maps. Condition: UNREAD 1978 Hastings House hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), assumed first prnting. Content: While this is an older book and is out-of-date in some areas, it is a wonderful look at the Maya civilization based on its physical artefacts - buildings, stele, cities. Excellent. [1 copy available]
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Maya Land, Aguiar

THE MAYA WORLD (Revised Edition)
by Elizabeth P. Benson. 60+ B&W photos and drawings. Condition: UNREAD 1977 Crowell Trade Paperback, revised edition. Very light edge wear. Content: Yes, this is an older book and some of the information may be dated, BUT the importance of this book lies in the illustrations, IMHO. Wonderful B&W recreations, detailed Codes drawings, and artifact photos. Excellent. [1 copy available]
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Maya World, Benson

THE MAYAS ON THE ROCKS (Serie Mono-Gramas)
by coVo (Javier Covo Torres). B&W comic illustrations by the author. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1987 Dante Produccion Editorial Dante, S.A. soft cover, no printing given. Tiny edge wear with light tanning to page edges. Perused on the shelf. Pale tag removal shadow top front cover corner. Content: Reviewer: "Written in a breezy, sarcastic tone, this adult cartoon book provides a solid introduction to an ancient and easily misunderstood civilization. Cavo summarizes and simplifies modern intrepretations of Mayan historical eras, major deities, and many surprising scientific achievements. Yet Cavo doesn't shy away from the less romantic aspects of Mayan cultures like a frequent civil wars, a rigid class structure and human sacrifice that so many New Age narrators overlook in their celebration of this "spiritual" culture. While some adults find hesistate to pick up a 109-page comic book, this casual approach helped clarify several aspects that more academic books had only deepen by specialized jargon and excessive detail. Readers should know that the text, originally written in Spanish from a cynical point of view, contains many spelling errors that are easier to overlook when dealing so many new words from Mayan culture. Tourists to Mayan ruins, struggling students, and archaelogy buffs should find this accessible work a helpful and satsifying guide. If I were teaching a class that included a section on Mayan civilizations for middle school, high school or even college, I would assign this book as a satisfying introduction to a confusing subject." [Forerunner of the "Horrible Histories".] [1 copy available]
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Mayas On the Rocks, Fun History

A MILLENNIUM OF WEAVING IN CHIAPAS:
an Introduction to the Pellizzi Collection of Chiapas Textiles

text by Walter F. Morris (text). Photograhy by Jeffrey Jay Foxx and Micaela Guirk. B&W and color photos. Condition: Very Good, gently pre-read Trade Paperback published by Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas, Mexico. Small edgewear. Interior clean & tight. Content: The story of the art of weaving from the ancient Mayas to the work of their descendants in Chiapas. Beautifull illustrated with color and B&W photos and drawings from Bonampak to the Highlands of Mexico of today. "In the beginning of the world the Goddess of the Moon taught women to weave and to brocade sacred designs." Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Milennium of Weaving Chiapas

THE MYSTERY OF THE MAYAN HIEROGLYPHS: The Vision of an Ancient Tradition
by Richard Luxton with Pablo Balam. B&W photos and drawings illustrate. Condition: UNREAD 1982 Harper & Row Trade Paperback, first US Edition, first printing. This copy has problems: 2 diagonal crases bottom front cover corner and serious rubbings along the front hinge. The interior has moderate tanning to page edges. Content: This is the story of Mayan hieroglyphic writing remembered and interpreted by a contemporary Mayan Indian, don Pablo Balam, working with a young Anglo-Peruvian writer, Luxton. Pablo Balam's words are the only explanation of Mayan sacred writing given to outsides since the pre-Columbian culture was repressed by the Spanish invaders. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Mystery Mayan Hieroglyphs

AN OUTLINE DICTIONARY OF MAYA GLYPHS
by William Gates. B&W drawings and some color. Condition: NEW 2013 Dover soft cover, reprint and unabridged, no printing given. (I have used an "internet" date for this reprint.) Content: In this study of the hieroglyphs in 3 surviving Maya codices, the author has tabulated all character variants, worked out meanings, and has interrelated these meanings with Maya culture. Day, month, numerals, colors, face signs, quasi-facial forms, animal figures, pictographic objects, eclipse, and more. About 3,000 symbols covered, all clearly drawn. Includes Gates' "Glyph Studies" reprinted from The Maya Society Quarterly. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Outline Dict. of Maya Glyphs, Gates

READING THE PAST: MAYA GLYPHS
by S. D. Houston. B&W photos and drawings illustrate. Condition: NEW 1996 University of California Press/British Museum Trade Paperback, reprint. Tiny shelf wear. Content: A great introduction to the study of Maya Glyphs used from before AD 250 until well after the Spanish invasion. While the research into the Maya civilization and its "language" is changing almost daily, this is still a good basic first text for the layman. [1 copy available]
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Reading the Past: Maya Glyphs

REMARKABLE REMAINS OF THE ANCIENT PEPLES OF GUATEMALA (The Maya)
text and spectacular color and B&W photos by Jacques VanKirk and Parney Bassett-VanKirk. Condition: NEW 1997 University of Okalahoma Press huge soft cover (11.9 x 9 x 0.6 inches , 288 pages), first printing. Content: The VanKirks have produced a wonderful photographic record of the regions of the Maya of Guatemala and other Pre-Columbian peoples of the area. The photos cover The South Coast; The Lowlands; and The Highlands. Excellent! [1 copy available]
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Remarkable Remains, Ancient Guatemala: Maya

THE RISE AND FALL OF MAYA CIVILIZATION (Second Edition, Enlarged)
by J. Eric S. Thompson. Two B&W photo sections plus B&W photos and drawings througout. Condition: Gently pre-read, IF at all, 1970 Univ. of Oklahoma Press hardcover, second edition, enlarged, third printing. Problem: DJ shows edge wear and has been price clipped as it was a gift complete with gift inscription on the loose end page. Interior clean & tight. Content: Reviewer: This is a great historical overview. It was one of the first modern comprehensive histories and helped usher in the new era of Maya studies which are refreshing and reviewing all that we knew and know of this amazing civilization. Helps us all understand real origins and the true reasons for collapse, and push back against the need for aliens from outer space to explain any strange artifact unearthed by archaeologists." A classic in Maya studies. [1 copy available]
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Rise and Fall of Maya Civilization, Thompson

STAIRWAYS TO THE STARS: Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures
by Anthony Aveni. B&W photos and detailed drawings of astronomical observation sites. Condition: NEW 1996 John Wiley & Sons hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Content: With little or no technology, many ancient societies achieved significant understanding of the movements and cycles of the moon, sun, planets, and stars. The primary difference between their astronomy and ours is that they believed the sky served as a connection between the natural and spiritual world, while our Western view of science dictates an objective, quantifiable, and measurable existence. Using the findings of the last decade, Aveni (Behind the Crystal Ball) examines the astronomy of three ancient societies: Great Britain and Stonehenge; the Mayas and the cult of Venus; and the Incas and the city of Cuzco, built as a vast observatory. Also included is a chapter on "naked eye" observing that allows readers to see the night sky as did our ancient ancestors. This book is not as much a history of astronomy, but a focused survey of the beliefs and astronomy of three ancient cultures and how they compare and contrast with the prevailing way that Western society watches the night sky. [1 copy available]
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Stairways to Stars

STAR GODS OF THE MAYA: Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and Calendars (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies)
by Susan Milbrath. B&W Codex drawings, charts, and photos illustrate. Codex Madrid cover art. Condition: NEW 1999 Univ. of Texas large soft cover, no printing given. Content: Reviewer: "In her brilliant, beautifully researched book, Susan Milbrath uses her extensive knowledge of Mayan art to recreate the structure of the Maya's astronomy and cosmology and, even more importantly, to celebrate their mysterious beauty. Star Gods is a splendid book written by an amazing art historian at the peak of her powers." This book is destined to become a standard reference work on Maya archaeoastronomy.... [It provides] a basic, sound, and utterly comprehensive introduction to the subject of ancient Maya astronomy. [2.5 pounds] Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Star Gods of the Mayas, Susan Milbrath

TULUM: A Practical Guide and Photo Album (English Edition)
by Xavier Alducin Varela. Beautiful color photos and color maps illustrate. Condition: NEW 2005 ESF (Mexico) soft cover, 20th edition. Content: This is a beautiful guide to the wonders of Tulum (Mayas-by-the-sea or the Riveria Maya. Most likely this is a booklet sold for tourists. It covers history, art, and religion. Simply wonderful. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Tulum, Guide Book
Tulum, Guide Book

UNFINISHED CONVERSATIONS: Mayas and Foreigners Between Two Wars
by Paul Sullivan. B&W era photos throughout. Lovely Catherwood painting cover art. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1990 Borzoi hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, no printing given. DJ has edgewear top back edge at flap. Interior perfect. Tanning to white flap edges. Content: This book is a mixture of the ancient and the modern. Reviewer: "This book succeeds on many levels. It is a travelogue, a history, a social study, and a prophesy. It follows the relationship of the great Mayanist, Sylvanius Morley, with the Maya of Quintana Roo. Showing both the political and personal motivations of both parties the work unfolds like a beautiful flower. It raises question both cosmological and profane. From the Mayan conception of the "end of days" to American and European political intervention in Latin American affairs this work is crucial to understanding how the Mayan maids, bartenders, taxi-drivers, et al, view us gingos as we run roughshod over the indigenous culture in places like Cancun. A bell-weather for cultural awareness and understanding." [1 copy available]
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Unfinished Conversations, The Mayas, Sullivan

THE WORLD OF THE ANCIENT MAYA
by John S. Henderson. B&W photos and drawings plus color photo section. Condition: NEW 1997 Cornell University Press huge hardcover [1.2 x 9.0 x 10.0 (329 pages)] second edition, first printing. Content: Since it was first published in 1981, this book has established itself as an extraordinarily accomplished--comprehensive, elegantly written, and concise--introduction to the rich Maya culture. In this edition, John S. Henderson has thoroughly revised the text and added a wealth of new photographs and drawings. Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century. The ancient Mayas were the only fully literate precolumbian people in the Americas, and Henderson incorporates deciphered Maya texts in his reconstruction of ancient Maya societies. Superb scientists, the Mayas developed a very sophisticated mathematics and an intricate and accurate calendar system. Theirs was one of the few complex societies to emerge in and to adapt successfully to a tropical forest environment. Their architecture, sculpture, and painting were sophisticated and compellingly beautiful. [2 copies available]
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World of Ancient Maya



BONAMPAK MURALS 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. 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: Bonampak is an ancient Maya archaeological site in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It is well-known for a number of murals, most especially those located within Structure 1 (The Temple of the Murals). The construction of the site’s structures dates to the Early Classic period (c. AD 580 to 800). The paintings date from 790 and were made as frescos, with no seams in the plaster indicating that each room was painted in a single session during the short time that the plaster was moist. They show the hand of a master artist with a couple of competent assistants. The three rooms show a series of actual events with great realism. (Wikipedia). This graphic is of 3 nobles.
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Bonampak Murals Bookplates

MAYA CALENDAR BOOKPLATES (T'ZOLKIN BOOKPLATES)
art by Airi Pung. 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 CroissantD) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us. Content: This is a rendering of the Maya Calendar (T'zolkin) from ancient carvings with time divisions.
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T'zolkin Bookplates

PALENQUE BOOKPLATES
art by Kattalina. 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. 4.0" H x 3.0" W. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Blue Highway Linocut) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us. Content: Palenque (Bàak' in Modern Maya) was a Maya city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century. The Palenque ruins date back to 100 BC to its fall around 800 AD. (Wikipedia). This graphic is of the Temple of Inscriptions.
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Palenque Bookplates



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