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1 BROWNSTONE, ARNI (EDITOR); BOONE, ELIZABETH HILL (FOREWORD); CONTRIBUTIONS BY: NICHOLAS JOHNSON, BAS VAN DOESBURG. The Lienzo Of Tlapiltepec: A Painted History From The Northern Mixteca.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
For centuries, indigenous rulers of Mesoamerica commissioned elaborate pictorial histories to maintain their claims to power, land, and privilege—a practice they continued under Spanish authority after the conquest. The Lienzo of Tlapiltepec is one such history. An intricate pictographic document on cotton cloth measuring 156 by 66.5 inches, the lienzo was produced by an Indian painter-scribe of great skill during the sixteenth century in the northern Mixteca, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It depicts events dating from the eleventh century to the early years of the Spanish colony. Housed since 1919 in the Royal Ontario Museum of Canada, the lienzo is a work of such complexity and reach that few scholars possess the tools to understand its message and context. The contributors to this volume are among that select few. In four chapters, front matter, and two appendices accompanied by detailed, full-color illustrations, scholars Arni Brownstone, Nicholas Johnson, Bas van Doesburg, Eckehard Dolinski, Michael Swanton, and Elizabeth Hill Boone describe what a lienzo is and how it was made. They also explain the particular origin, format, and content of the Lienzo of Tlapiltepec—as well as its place within the larger world of Mexican painted history. The contributors furthermore explore the artistry and visual experience of the work. A final essay documents past illustrations of the lienzo, including the one rendered for this book, which employed innovative processes to recover long faded colors. Unique in its detail, scope, and depth, this is the first volume to offer a full description and analysis of the Lienzo of Tlapiltepec and to grant widespread access to this extraordinary repository of history. 98 color Illustrations, 4 maps, 3 tables. Nicholas Johnson is Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum and former associate editor of artscanada, a national magazine of the visual arts in Toronto. Arni Brownstone is Assistant Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, and author of War Paintings of the Tsuu T'ina Nation. Elizabeth Hill Boone is author of numerous Mesoamerican studies, including Stories in Red and Black: Pictorial Histories of the Aztecs and Mixtecs. Bas van Doesburg is author of several books and articles on pictographic texts from the Oaxaca area, including Codices Cuicatecos: Porfirio Diaz y Fernandez Leal. 
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2 DE SAHAGUN, FRAY BERNARDINO. Primeros Memoriales, Part 1 Facsimile Edition.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . h Hardcover as issued without dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Primeros Memoriales, by Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, is a valuable document providing great understanding and knowledge of provincial Mesoamerican civilization. In 1558 the Spanish Franciscan missionary Fray Bernardino de Sahagún was commissioned by the Catholic Church to conduct a systematic investigation of the indigenous culture, particularly the religious/ritual system, the dominant native language of Central Mexico, Sahagún worked with trilingual (Nahuatl/Spanish/Latin) Indian assistants between 1559 and 1561 to produce what came to be known as the Primeros Memoriales. Although it originally was intended to facilitate the proselytizing efforts of the Church, this priceless document by the "father of modern ethnography" contributes more significantly than any other single project to our knowledge and understanding of provincial Mesoamerican civilization. Sahagún chose Tepepolco, a large town northeast of Mexico City, as the site of his study; there he interrogated a group of elderly, upper-class informants. The result was explanations, written Nahuatl by his assistants. The first stage of Sahagún's monumental Historia General de las Cosas de Nueva Espana, the Primeros Memoriales is a significant document in its own right. Less than 10 percent of the written data and virtually none of the iconography were incorporated into the Historia General. The Primeros Memoriales is unique, moreover, because it deals with Aztec culture from the point of view of a sizable but provincial Mexican community rather than the urban, aristocratic viewpoint represented in most other documents. The Primeros Memoriales is housed in two repositories in Madrid - the Palacio Real of the Patrimonio Nacional and the Real Academia de la Historia. In 1905 Aztec scholar Francisco del Paso y Troncoso selected 108 pages from the Palacio Real and 68 from the Real Academia that he judged to be the materials Sahagun had assembled in Tepepolco and gave the assembled manuscript the name Primeros Memoriales. 
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3 DE SAHAGUN, FRAY BERNARDINO. Primeros Memoriales, Part 2.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2017. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Primeros Memoriales is here published for the first time in its entirety both in the original Nahuatl and in English translation. During the 1960s, Thelma D. Sullivan, a Nahuatl scholar living in Mexico, began a paleographic transcription of the Primeros Memoriales, along with an English translation. After Sullivan's death in 1981, a group of her colleagues finished, enlarged, and annotated her project. This long-awaited publication makes available to specialists and interested laypersons alike an invaluable portion of the remarkable Sahaguntine treasure of information on sixteenth-century Aztec society. 
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4 DE SAHAGUN, FRAY BERNARDINO. Primeros Memoriales, Part 2.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . h Hardcover as issued without dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Primeros Memoriales is here published for the first time in its entirety both in the original Nahuatl and in English translation. During the 1960s, Thelma D. Sullivan, a Nahuatl scholar living in Mexico, began a paleographic transcription of the Primeros Memoriales, along with an English translation. After Sullivan's death in 1981, a group of her colleagues finished, enlarged, and annotated her project. This long-awaited publication makes available to specialists and interested laypersons alike an invaluable portion of the remarkable Sahaguntine treasure of information on sixteenth-century Aztec society. 
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5 DURAN, FRAY DIEGO; HEYDEN, DORIS (TRANSLATION, ANNOTATION, INTRODUCTION). History Of The Indies Of New Spain.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman:2009. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Fray Diego Duran's History of the Indies of New Spain,newly translated by Doris Heyden, is a vivid evocation of the Aztec world before the Spanish conquest. A sixteenth-century Dominican friar, Duran was born in Spain but raised in Mexico. His firsthand experience of Mexican culture and fluency in the Nahuatl language made him one of the most sympathetic and knowledgeable of the missionary-ethnographers. Based on a Nahuatl chronicle now lost and on interviews with living Aztec informants, Duran's History describes the intrigues and court life of the elite: their sumptuous clothing and jewelry, their elaborate ranks and privileges, the luxury of their gardens and homes. It also tells of the common people, who were forbidden to wear feathers, jade, or cotton or to enter the palace. Duran chronicles daily life in times in times of war and in times of flood and drought, when people sold their children for a handful of corn. Constant warfare yielded tribute of gold, jade, feathers, exotic foods, and, most important, captives who died on the sacrificial stone, their hearts offered to the sun. Duran traces the history of the Aztecs from their mythic origins to the destruction of the empire, when bearded strangers came from the east in "houses floating on the water." This definitive unabridged translation is accompanied by Heyden's introduction and annotations, which provide background on recent studies of colonial Mexico and explanations of many details of the History 
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6 HASKETT, ROBERT. Visions Of Paradise: Primordial Titles And Mesoamerican History In Cuernavaca.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Cuernavaca, often called the "Mexican Paradise" or "Land of Eternal Spring," has a deep, rich history. Few visitors to this modern resort city near Mexico City would guess from its Spanish architecture and landmarks that it was governed by its Tlalhuican residents until the early nineteenth century. Formerly called Cuauhnahuac, the city was renamed by the Spanish in the sixteenth century when Hernando Cortés built his stone palacio on its main square and thrust Cuernavaca into the colonial age. In Visions of Paradise, Robert Haskett presents a history of Cuernavaca, basing his account on an important body of late-seventeenth-century historical records known as primordial titles, written by still unknown members of the Native population. Until comparatively recently, these indigenous-language documents have been dismissed as "false" or "forged" land records. Haskett, however, uses these Nahuatl texts to present a colorful portrait of how the Tlalhuicas of Cuernavaca and its environs made intellectual sense of their place in the colonial scheme, conceived of their relationship to the sacred worlds of both their native religion and Christianity, and defined their own history. Surveying the local history of Cuernavaca from precontact observations by the Aztecs through postclassic times to the present, with a concentration on early colonial times, Haskett finds that the Native authors of the primordial titles crafted a celebratory history proclaiming themselves to be an enduringly autonomous, essentially unconquered people who triumphed over the rigors of the Spanish colonial system. 
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7 MATTHEW, LAURA E; OUDIJK, MICHEL R. (EDITORS). Indian Conquistadors: Indigenous Allies In The Conquest Of Mesoamerica.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2012. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The conquest of the New World would hardly have been possible if the invading Spaniards had not allied themselves with the indigenous population. This book takes into account the role of native peoples as active agents in the Conquest through a review of new sources and more careful analysis of known but under-studied materials that demonstrate the overwhelming importance of native allies in both conquest and colonial control. In Indian Conquistadors, leading scholars offer the most comprehensive look to date at native participation in the conquest of Mesoamerica. The contributors examine pictorial, archaeological, and documentary evidence spanning three centuries, including little-known eyewitness accounts from both Spanish and native documents, paintings (lienzos) and maps (mapas) from the colonial period, and a new assessment of imperialism in the region before the Spanish arrival. This new research shows that the Tlaxcalans, the most famous allies of the Spanish, were far from alone. Not only did native lords throughout Mesoamerica supply arms, troops, and tactical guidance, but tens of thousands of warriors—Nahuas, Mixtecs, Zapotecs, Mayas, and others—spread throughout the region to participate with the Spanish in a common cause. By offering a more balanced account of this dramatic period, this book calls into question traditional narratives that emphasize indigenous peoples' roles as auxiliaries rather than as conquistadors in their own right. Enhanced with twelve maps and more than forty illustrations, Indian Conquistadors opens a vital new line of research and challenges our understanding of this important era. 
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8 MEGGED, AMOS & WOOD, STEPHANIE (EDITORS). Mesoamerican Memory: Enduring Systems Of Remembrance.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2012. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
How indigenous manuscripts and rituals preserved a people's identity, history, and memory in the face of conquest Euro-Americans see the Spanish conquest as the main event in the five-century history of Mesoamerica, but the people who lived there before contact never gave up their own cultures. Both before and after conquest, indigenous scribes recorded their communities' histories and belief systems, as well as the events of conquest and its effects and aftermath. Today, the descendants of those native historians in modern-day Mexico and Guatemala still remember their ancestors' stories. In Mesoamerican Memory, volume editors Amos Megged and Stephanie Wood have gathered the latest scholarship from contributors around the world to compare these various memories and explore how they were preserved and altered over time. Rather than dividing Mesoamerica's past into pre-contact, colonial, and modern periods, the essays in this volume emphasize continuity from the pre-conquest era to the present, underscoring the ongoing importance of indigenous texts in creating and preserving community identity, history, and memory. In addition to Nahua and Maya recollections, contributors examine the indigenous traditions of Mixtec, Zapotec, Tarascan, and Totonac peoples. Close analysis of pictorial and alphabetic manuscripts, and of social and religious rituals, yields insight into community history and memory, political relations, genealogy, ethnic identity, and portrayals of the Spanish invaders. Drawing on archaeology, art history, ethnology, ethnohistory, and linguistics, the essays consider the function of manuscripts and ritual in local, regional, and, now, national settings. Several scholars highlight direct connections between the collective memory of indigenous communities and the struggles of contemporary groups. Such modern documents as land titles, for example, gain legitimacy by referring to ancestral memory. Crossing disciplinary, methodological, and temporal boundaries, Mesoamerican Memory advances our understanding of collective memory in Mexico and Guatemala. Through diverse sources—pictorial and alphabetic, archaeological, archival, and ethnographic—readers gain a glimpse into indigenous remembrances that, without the research exhibited here, might have remained unknown to the outside world. 52 black and white Illustrations, 3 Maps, 2 Tables. Amos Megged is author of Social Memory in Ancient and Colonial Mesoamerica. Stephanie Wood is Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon. She is coeditor of Indian Women of Early Mexico, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press. 
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9 MEYER, KARL E. & THE DITORS OF THE NEWSWEEK BOOK DIVISION. Teotihuacan.
Newsweek, New York: 1973. 0882250833 / 9780882250830 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
Describes the rise and fall of this great city, and also examines the background of the area's other civilizations, notably the Olmec, Toltec, Mixtec, and Maya, and concludes with the mighty Aztec. Highly illustrated in color. Includes an Index. 
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10 NOWOTNY, KARL ANTON; EVERETT, GEORGE A (TRANSLATION); SISSON, EDWARD B (TRANSLATION). Tlacuilolli: Style And Contents Of The Mexican Pictorial Manuscripts With A Catalog Of The Borgia Group.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . h Hardcover as issued without dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Appearing for the first time in English, Karl Anton Nowotny's Tlacuilolli is a classic work of Mesoamerican scholarship. A concise analysis of the pre-Columbian Borgia Group of manuscripts, it is the only synthetic interpretation of divinatory and ritual codices from Mexico. Originally published in German and unavailable to any but the most determined scholars, Tlacuilolli has nevertheless formed the foundation for subsequent scholarly works on the codices. Its importance extends beyond the study of Mexican codices: Nowotny's sophisticated reading of these manuscripts informs our understanding of Mesoamerican culture. Of particular importance are Nowotny's corrections of errors in fact and interpretation in the Spanish edition of Eduard Seler's commentary on the Borgia Group. George A. Everett and Edward B. Sisson have translated Nowotny's masterwork into English while maintaining the flavor of the original German edition. To the core text they have added an extensive bibliography and constructed a framework of annotation that relates the principles in Tlacuilolli to current research. This edition includes a selection of eleven stunning full-color images chosen from the original catalog. 
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11 PASZTORY, ESTHER. Aztec Art.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1998. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
This is the first comprehensive book on Aztec art: eleven chapters illustrated with seventy-five superb color plates and hundreds of photographs, supplemented by maps and diagrams. Temple architecture, majestic stone sculpture carved without metal tools, featherwork and turquoise mosaic, painted books, and sculptures in terra cotta and rare stones - all are here. Pasztory has placed these major works of Pre-Columbian art in a historical context, relating them to the reigns of individual rulers, events in Aztec history, and the needs of different social groups from the elite to the farmer. She focuses on the little-known aspects of the aesthetics, poetry and humanity of the Aztecs. 
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12 PASZTORY, ESTHER. Teotihuacan: An Experiment In Living.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: . h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
This book is the first comprehensive study and reinterpretation of the unique arts of Teotihuacan, including architecture, sculpture, mural painting, and ceramics. Comparing the arts of Teotihuacan - not previously judged "artistic" - with those of other ancient civilizations, Ester Pasztory demonstrates how they created and reflected the community's ideals. Most people associate the pyramids of central Mexico with the Aztecs, but these colossal constructions antedate the Aztecs by more than a thousand years. The people of Teotihuacan, who built the pyramids as part of a city of unprecedented size, remain a mystery. 
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13 POHL, JOHN M. D. & LYONS, CLAIRE L. (EDITORS) The Aztec Pantheon And The Art Of Empire.
Getty Publications, Los Angeles: 2010. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
When the Aztec Empire emerged to dominate central Mexico from 1460 to 1519, vast amounts of tribute wealth flowed into the capital city of Tenochtitlan, enabling artists and architects to create sophisticated works on a monumental scale. Confronting a civilization without precedent, some Spanish conquistadors and missionaries looked to the classical past for explanations and parallels were drawn between two great empires—the Aztec and the Roman. While many studies dwell on the Aztec gods and the bloody rituals performed in their honor, this groundbreaking book examines little-known episodes in which classicism mediated a dialogue both within and between Mesoamerica and Spain. The authors engage contemporary approaches to cross-cultural analogy, shedding light on the function of monumental arts and religious spectacles and consciously classicizing traditions within empires. A foreword by Leonardo L pez Luj n, director of the Proyecto Templo Mayor, places the comparison of Aztec and Roman empires in historical context. The publication accompanies an exhibition celebrating the bicentennial of Mexican Independence on view March 24 to July 5, 2010, at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa. John M. D. Pohl is adjunct professor in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles and has written extensively on ancient Mexico. Claire L. Lyons is curator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She contributed to the development of the Getty Research Institute's collections related to the history of archaeology and is coeditor of a volume of essays on comparative colonialism. 
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14 SCHROEDER, SUSAN. Tlacaelel Remembered: Mastermind Of The Aztec Empire.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2016. Volume 276 in Civilization of the American Indian Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The enigmatic and powerful Tlacaelel (1398-1487), wrote annalist Chimalpahin, was "the beginning and origin" of the Mexica monarchy in fifteenth-century Mesoamerica. Brother of the first Moteuczoma, Tlacaelel would become "the most powerful, feared, and esteemed man of all that the world had seen up to that time." But this outsize figure of Aztec history has also long been shrouded in mystery. In Tlacaelel Remembered, the first biography of the Mexica nobleman, Susan Schroeder searches out the truth about his life and legacy. A century after Tlacaelel's death, in the wake of the conquistadors, Spaniards and natives recorded the customs, histories, and language of the Nahua, or Aztec, people. Three of these chroniclers—fray Diego Durán, don Hernando Alvarado Tezozomoc, and especially don Domingo de San Antón MuĖón Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin—wrote of Tlacaelel. But the inaccessibility of Chimalpahin's annals has meant that for centuries of Aztec history, Tlacaelel has appeared, if at all, as a myth. Working from Chimalpahin's newly available writings and exploring connections and variances in other source materials, Schroeder draws the clearest possible portrait of Tlacaelel, revealing him as the architect of the Aztec empire's political power and its military might—a politician on par with Machiavelli. As the advisor to five Mexica rulers, Tlacaelel shaped the organization of the Mexica state and broadened the reach of its empire—tasks not seldom accomplished with the spread of warfare, human sacrifice, and cannibalism. In the annals, he is considered the "second king" to the rulers who built the empire, and is given the title "Cihuacoatl," used for the office of president and judge. As Schroeder traces Tlacaelel through the annals, she also examines how his story was transmitted and transformed in later histories. The resulting work is the most complete and comprehensive account ever given of this significant figure in Mesoamerican history. 21 black-and-white Illustrations, 2 maps, 232 pages, 6" x 9". Susan Schroeder is France Vinton Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History Emerita at Tulane University and coeditor of Indian Women of Early Mexico and Chimalpahin's Conquest: A Nahua Historian's Rewriting of Francisco López de Gómara's "La Conquista de México." "Susan Schroeder's exhilarating, highly engaging book provides an authoritative account of the mighty Mexica nobleman Tlacaelel, proving not only that such a figure did exist, but that his fingerprints on military alliances, political strategies, and even novel forms of human sacrifice can be found everywhere in the momentous rise of the Mexica capital in the fifteenth century. A scholarly tour de force."—David Tavárez, author of The Invisible War: Indigenous Devotions, Discipline, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico 
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15 TODOROV, TZVETAN. The Conquest Of America: The Question Of The Other.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1999. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The Conquest of America is a fascinating study of cultural confrontation in the New World, with implications far beyond sixteenth-century America. The book offers an original interpretation of the Spaniards' conquest, colonization, and destruction of pre-Columbian cultures in Mexico and the Caribbean. Using sixteenth-century sources, the distinguished French writer and critic Tzvetan Todorov examines the beliefs and behavior of the Spanish conquistadors and of the Aztecs, adversaries in a clash of cultures that resulted in the near extermination of Mesoamerica's Indian population. Tzvetan Todorov is the author if more than a dozen books, including Theories of the Symbol, On Human Diversity, Facing the Extreme, and A French Tragedy. 
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16 VILLELA, KHRISTAAN D. & MILLER, MARY ELLEN (EDITORS). The Aztec Calendar Stone.
Getty Publications, Los Angeles: 2010. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Analyzed by scholars, deployed by Mexican nationalists, beloved by the public, and reproduced in every medium and scale since its rediscovery in 1790, the Aztec Calendar Stone, or Piedra del Sol, has become the most recognizable Pre-Columbian monument. Commissioned by the Mexican emperor Motecuhzoma I in the last decades before the Spanish invasion of the New World and buried by the conquerors not long afterward, the Aztec Calendar Stone has had a far-reaching afterlife in the modern world. The Aztec Calendar Stone includes an extended scholarly introduction and a selection of twenty-one key sources dating from 1581 to the present on this massive and puzzling sculpture including works by Antonio de Le n y Gama, Alfredo Chavero, Eduard Seler, Hermann Beyer, Carlos Navarrete and Doris Heyden, Cecelia Klein, H. B. Nicholson, Felipe Sol s, Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, and others many published here for the first time in English. Khristaan D. Villela is a visiting professor of art history at the University of New Mexico and a visiting scholar at the New Mexico History Museum. Mary Ellen Miller is a professor of art history at Yale University and dean of Yale College. 
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17 VON HAGEN, VICTOR W. Highway Of The Sun.
Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York / Little , Brown and Company, Boston: 1955. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Book is in Good condition, but dustjacket is only fair.. 
Describes the rediscovery of the centuries-old road system which extended throughout th fabulous Inca Empire for over 10, 000 miles. Includes an Index along with 4 Maps and 32 pages of photographs. 
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