New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957. Covarubbias, Miguel. First Edition. Cloth and boards. Quarto (10 7/8" x 8 1/2"), black quarter cloth with silver & gold lettering on spine plus silver MesoAmerican motifs (Aztec [?] verticle border & "crouching deity") over beige buckram with brown profile of a stylized MesoAmerican pictograph, illustrated by the author with 148 extremely useful figures (often half-tones and stippled including tables & helpfully crafted maps), plus 64 beautiful full-color plates from artifacts & an album of B&W photos, Bibliography, Index, xvi + 360 pp. + xvii Index +  Publisher's Note +  A Note on the Author / A Note on the Type. Weight: 4 lbs. Fine / Near Fine. Item #6028
Miguel Covarrubias (1904 — 4 February 1957) was a Mexican painter, caricaturist, illustrator, ethnologist and brilliant art historian. Along with his American colleague Matthew W. Stirling, he was the codiscoverer of the Olmec civilization.
Covarrubias is also known for his analysis of the pre-Columbian art of Mesoamerica, particularly that of the Olmec culture, and his theory of Mexican cultural diffusion to the north, particularly to the Mississippian Native American Indian cultures. His analysis of iconography presented a strong case that the Olmec predated the Classic Era years before this was confirmed by archaeology.
SUPERIOR CONDITION: Very tight and clean copy with a sharp dust jacket (unclipped). No previous owner's or remainder marks. DJ has three small smudges on the gutter side of the front panel and a 1/2" clean nick on its lower edge.