Museo Diego Rivera - Anahuacalli , multilingual includes English, long out of print , in Mexico the last copy we saw was priced at $100, includes Nayarit ballgame village scene plus Colima ballplayers.


BERNAL, Ignacio and A. Seuffert, The ballplayers of Dainzu (Artes Americanae) , Oaxaca warrior- players wearing gloves and helmets, 56 large format plates, 13 photographs, 32 p. (coffee table book size), hardbound by hand. Quality printed in Graz, Austria.

de BORHEGYI, S., The pre-Columbian ballgames: A pan-Mesoamerican tradition (Contributions in anthropology and history) , edited by Lee Parsons. Many photographs of ballgame scenes, sculpture, yokes, hachas, and palmas. 30 p.

CASTRO-LEAL, Marcia, el juego de Pelota: The Ball Game , complete exhibit catalog, in Sp. but it's the pictures you want, plentifully spread over 127 p. This is the rarest ballgame art catalog in the world, as it went immediately into out- of-print status. We bet this is one title your library is lacking. Illustrates ballgame items not pictured in other books.

HELLMUTH, N., Pre-Columbian Ballgame Archaeology & Architecture , regional ballgame variants are distinguished for the first time; previously unpublished vases show that the Peten Maya did not normally use a yoke during the game; 74 p. Only about 5 copies left,each while they last.

HELLMUTH, N., The Escuintla hoards: Teotihuacan art in Guatemala (F.L.A.A.R. progress reports) ; large format photographs, not published elsewhere; includes ballgame decapitation ritual, 70 p. Only a few copies left

ICHON, Alain and Marion P. HATCH, ARCHEOLOGIE DE SAUVETAGE DANS LA VALLEE DU RIO CHIXOY. no. 4, LOS ENCUENTROS. 193 pages with plenty of illustrations. These reports are as good (if not better) than the Carnegie Institution of Washington monographs. Includes patolli game board (fig. 101), ballcourt (fig. 34), pottery, temple and palace architecture, tombs, and artifacts all pictured in drawings and/or photographs.

Actas del XLI Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, Mexico 2 al 7 de septiembre de 1974. THREE VOLUMES
Crammed with information (English, Spanish), $100 all three volumes together. Vol. I, 600 p, Vol. II, 679 p, Vol. III, 808 p, covers OLMEC, Maya, Teotihuacan, Aztec, Bilbao (Cotzumalhuapa) art, iconography, archaeology, Tikal, Monte Alban, Belize, articles by HELLMUTH, Hammond on Belize, Merle Greene Robertson on Palenque, and scores of others. Kekchi myths, ballgame goal sculptures, The following reports are all in this volume of the International Congress of Americanists, Geneva.
D. Heydon, "What is the Significance of the Mexica Pyramid"
Hasso Von Winning, Mexican Figurines Attached to Pallets and Cradles"
E. Pasztory, "The Gods of Teotihuacan"
Gordon Ekholm, "The Archaeological Significance of Mirrors in the New World"
Mary King, "A Textile Technique from Oaxaca, Mexico"
Norman Hammond, "Maya Settlement Patterns"
Lee Parsons, "Iconographic Notes on a new Izapan Stela from Abaj Takalik, Guatemala"
Sabloff and Rathje, "Changing pre-Columbian Commercial Patterns on the Island of Cozumel, Mexico"
Arthur Miller, "The Mural Painting at Tancah and in Structure 5 at Tulum: Implications of their Style and Iconography"
A. Digby, "Evidence in Mexican Glyphs and Sculpture for an unrecognized Astronomical Instrument"
F. Hochleitner, "The Correlation between the Mayan and the Julian Calendar" R. Fry, "The Archaeology of Southern Quintana Roo: Ceramics"
Peter Harrison, "The Lintels of Tzibanche, Quintana Roo"
(all of these articles together, $80,) bound together with another dozen arti- cles (total, 509 pages crammed with illustrations). This is Vol. I of the International Congress of Americanists.

ITO, Nabuyuki & TORRES, Miguel et al., MAYA -SPECIAL EXHIBITION, Crossroad of History and Race, a major Japanese catalog. Jade (lots, and in COLOR), obsidian, flint, highland, lowland, mushroom stones, Preclassic stone, plumbate, ballplayer figures & yokes, Tiquisate, highland Maya textiles,- -a necessary investment because of the coverage within this extensive catalog (mostly loans from Guatemala, but a considerable number of items nowhere else published). 200p. 126 illustrations of textiles and ethnographic subjects plus 251 illustrations of ancient art (mostly in color). This is one of the most comprehensive books yet issued in Japan, in a quality that we expect for Japan. We can't read Japanese either, but you don't buy this book to learn Japanese, rather to learn about pre-Columbian art - from illustrations. These pictures are an informative reference source for anyone doing iconography.

LEYENAAR, Ted, Gerald van BUSSEL, and Gesine WEBER, FROM COAST TO COAST: PreColumbian Sculptures from Mesoamerica. exhibit catalog in Europe of private collections; thus most of these objects have never been pictured in any other publication. 423 large pages (coffee table book), with a whopping quality of 398 photographs in FULL COLOR, Includes ballgame hachas, two Tiquisate ballgame tripods from Guatemala, and a rare Rio Blanco bowl (Veracruz), some of which show ballgame-related rituels. Filled with pottery, stone, representing ALL pre-Columbian cultures, from Maya to Olmec, Colima, Chupicuaro, Michoacan, Tlatilco. Hardcover.

LEYENAAR, Ted, Gerald van BUSSEL and Paul van DONGEN (eds), THE MESOAMERICAN BALLGAME. Outstanding contributions by Norman Hammond, Ted Leyenaar, Nicholas Hellmuth, Lee Parsons, Merle Greene Robertson, and many others. Unfortunately, a limited printing (only 500 copies!). Price is sure to rise to when copies run out. 300 informative pages, 173 educational illustrations.


LEYENAAR and Lee PARSONS, Ulama: Het balspel bij de Maya's en Azteken, 2000 v. Chr.-2000 n. Chr. : van mensenoffer tot sport = Ulama : the ballgame of the Mayas and Aztecs, 2000 ... to sport (SMD informatief) (Dutch Edition) with text also by H.B. Nicholson. 227 informative pages with lots of illustrations (inc. color) of all Mesoamerican games. Outstanding coverage of yokes, hachas, palmas, polychrome Maya vases, a female Jaina ballplayer. This is the most recent book produced anywhere in the world on the ballgame.

PARSONS, Lee, Bilbao, Guatemala: An archaeological study of the Pacific coast, Cotzumalhuapa region VOLUME 2 (Vol. I is not available, is totally separate, and is not necessary to understand the material of Vol. II). This volume (II) shows all the stone sculptures of the Pipil Cotzumalhuapa civilization of piedmont Guatemala, plus a thorough description; includes all the stelae which depict ballplayers, 274 p.

PARSONS, L., PRE-COLUMBIAN AMERICA: THE ART & ARCHAEOLOGY OF SOUTH, CENTRAL AND MIDDLE AMERICA. Jaina figurines, ballgame sculpture, incense burners, Preclassic, Aztec, West Coast Mexico, 193 p.

RUBIO CIFUENTES, Rolando Roberto ESTRUCTURA J-107 SITIO ARQUEOLOGICO EL BAUL SANTA LUCIA COTZUMALGUAPA, ESCUINTLA GUATEMALA, 173 p, illus (especially rim profiles) including rubbings of two Tiquisate ballplayer cylindrical tripods, out of print, but we have one . We have never seen this offered in any other book catalog - no wonder, there were only about 50 copies printed.

TALADOIRE, Eric, LES TERRAINS DE JEU DE BALLE, 815 p, the most complete book ever written on ballcourts of Mexico (as well as of the Hohokam of Arizona); illustrates hundreds of ballcourts as well as art which depicts ancient athletes; Shows all the Aztec and Mixtec ballcourts of the codice.

Union Academique Internationale, Corpus Antiquitatum Americanensium, INAH, Mexico. Vol. IV YUGOS DE LA COLECCION DEL MUSEO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGIA, English/Sp. text. Outstanding ballgame yokes in professional line renderings by Andy Seuffert, text by Ignacio BERNAL, 51 p. text, 42 large format drawings. portfolio (corners torn & cracked but pages themselves in pristine condition).

URIARTE, Maria Teresa (ed.), El Juego de pelota en mesoamerica: Raices y supervivencia (Coleccion America nuestra) (Spanish Edition) , articles by Nicholas HELLMUTH, Merle Greene ROBERTSON, and many more archaeologists all together 19 reports on the various ballgames of Mesoamerica: El Tajin, Chichen Itza, Hohokam (Arizona), Copan, and many more. Includes data on the Olmec game found preserved in the swamp of Manati, Veracruz., 419 pages, 58 drawings, 10 B+W photos, a whopping 77 color photographs. Includes 16 ballgame photographs of Nicholas Hellmuth from the F.L.A.A.R. Photo Archives. Overall the largest, fanciest, and most colorfully illustrated ballgame book ever produced


WILKERSON, S. Jeffrey, El Tajin A Guide For Visitors , 79 pages, filled with color photographs, maps, line drawings of stelae, ballcourt panels. The most complete book available on El Tajin. Considering that El Tajin is crucial for understanding the ballgame, is the home for yokes, hachas, and palmas, and influenced the entire Maya area, this is an essential book for Maya iconography.



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