CARDOS, de Mendez, Amalia, Estudio de la COLECCION DE ESCULTURA MAYA del MUSEO NACIONAL DE ANTROPOLOGIA, INAH. 167 photos, 190 small p.. Not a coffee table book but nonetheless "the" definitive corpus of all Maya sculpture not only on exhibit but also in the warehouses of INAH in Mexico City. A basic reference for the curator, epigrapher, iconographer, or individual who wishes to see the entire scope of Maya sculpture.

de la FUENTE, Beatriz, PELDANOS EN LA CONCIENCIA -Rostros en la Plastica Prehispanica, 88 photographs, in Spanish, Hardcover, 101 p.

GREENE, Merle, ANCIENT MAYA RELIEF SCULPTURE, the original Museum of Primitive Art issue, (first edition, boxed), 60 rubbings and descriptive text - not available as a reprint, includes Bonampak, Chichen Itza, Uxmal,Yaxchilan, Palenque, and Tikal.

GREENE, Merle, Maya Sculpture rubbings by Merle Greene Robertson from Palenque, Tikal, Uaxactun, Yaxchilan, Yaxha, and all the other Maya ruins, plus Cotzumalhuapa, and also Preclassic sculptures, with text by John Graham and Robert Rands; hundreds of illustrations.

HILDSHEIM, DIE WELT DER MAYA, (in German), 264 color plates of precolombian artifacts with full page in depth analyses, descriptions and provenances, 14 articles in 284 pages w/175 beautiful color photographs of sites, stelae, codices, murals and artifacts. The authors of the articles are: Herbert Wilhelmy, Juan Antonio Valdes, Robert J. Sharer, Nicholas P. Dunning, Wolfgang W. Wurster, Oscar Quintana, Stephan D. Houston & David Stuart, David A. Freidel, Ted Leyenaar & Gerald W. van Bussel, Linda Schele, Nicholai Grube, T. Patrick Culbert, Diane & Arlene Chase, and Carolyn Tate. 636 p.

KUBLER, George, The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection: Pre-Columbian sculpture lots of yokes, palmas, hachas, plus Aztec, West Coast Mexico, Maya (vases also), 197 handsome photographs, virtually all full page size.


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.


MAYER, Karl Herbert,Classic Maya Relief Columns (ISBN: 0916552225) , profusely illustrated book on ancient Maya sculpture from Campeche &Yucatan not widely published elsewhere, 49 p. Copies in stock for immediate shipment, maps, drawings, photographs. Shows the hieroglyphs, deities, dynastic rulers, and other portraits found on these monuental stone sculptures. Mayer is one of the three best iconographers in all Europe, with an impressive library and a remarkable photographic archive.

MAYER, K. H., Maya Monuments : Sculptures of Unknown Provenance in Europe EUROPE, This useful reference work provides a full-page photograph and a complete iconographic discussion of all the stelae, lintels, altars, and other monumental sculpture in museums of Switzerland, Germany, and France. Includes sculptures not yet published by Ian Graham.

MAYER, Karl Herbert,Maya Monuments: Sculptures of Unknown Provenance in the United States , based on extensive research to find ancient Maya bas relief sculptures which were not already published by Ian Graham or Proskouriakoff. This book is essential reading for Maya art and iconography, and helps the reader learn the various regional Maya styles.

MEADE, Joaquin, EL ADOLESCENTE, complete iconography of an important Huastec Maya sculpture, Univ. Autonoma de Tamaulipas, edition limited to 1000 copies, long out of print.

NAKAMURA, Seiichi, Kazuo Aoyama, and Eiji Uratsuji, Investigaciones Arqueologicas en la Region de la Entrada , 3 volume report of the Japanese archaeological expedition northeast of Copan: ceramics, artifacts, sculpture, hieroglyphs (decipherments by Linda Schele).


PARSONS, Lee, BILBAO, GUATEMALA, Vol. II (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.


PAVON ABREU, Raul, MORALES, UNA IMPORTANTE CIUDAD ARQUEOLOGICA EN TABASCO, 60 p., describes and illustrates an important Maya site and its stelae, edition limited to 250 copies.


PINA CHAN, Roman and NAVARRETE, Carlos. Archeological research in the lower Grijalva River region, Tabasco and Chiapas (Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation) , 52 p, stelae in unusual styles, covers Chontalpa region of Tabasco & Las Palmas region of Chiapas., includes 5 tables, 100 maps, B&W photos and illustrations.

SATTERTHWAITE, L., MAYA PRACTICE STONE CARVING AT PIEDRAS NEGRAS The only article available which illustrates how the Maya organized the glyph columns on the stelae. Fascinating reading. Expedition, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1965.

SMITH, Virginia G. Izapa Relief Carving: Form, Content, Rules for Design, and Role in Mesoamerican Art History and Archaeology (Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology Studies Series) (v. 27) , 103 p., with lots of illustrations including stelae from Abaj Takalik not widely published elsewhere.


UNAM, MEMORIAS DEL PRIMER COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL DE MAYANISTAS, 1985. 56 maps, 242 figs, 1146 p. They never print enough of these important books to go around. This is the most comprehensive set of articles on recent discoveries in Maya art, iconography, epigraphy, and archaeology to appear in recent years. Includes Tikal, Tulum, Belize, Cacaxtla, and two new sculptures just discovered at Bonampak.


Union Academique Internationale, Corpus Antiquitatum Americanensium, INAH, Mexico. Vol. VI ESCULTURAS ASOCIADAS DEL VALLE DE OAXACA portfolio (corners torn, edges rubbed) drawings of stelae by Andy Seuffert, text, Ignacio BERNAL. 29 p. Sp. and English text.


Union Academique Internationale, Corpus Antiquitatum Americanensium, INAH, Mexico. Vol. VII BAJORELIEVES EN EL MUSEO DE ARTE ZAPOTECO DE MITLA, OAXACA portfilio (edge torn) of drawings.

Von Winning, Hasso, Two Maya Monuments in Yucatan: The Palace of the Stuccoes at Acanceh and the Temple of the Owls at Chichen Itza (Frederick Webb Hodge Anniversary Publication Fund) , 99 B&W photos, drawings and illustrations, 95 p.

YASUGI, Yoshiho, GREAT MONUMENTS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD, VOL 13, coffee table book on Mesoamerica and Peru, with 134 stunning photographs (a quality only the Japanese can produce), An ideal present, and, for a major library, this is one title you are certainly missing. It includes several F.L.A.A.R. photographs by Nicholas Hellmuth including polychrome Maya vases nowhere else published (fig. 71, for example). We can't read Japanese either (captions identify the sites in English), but the book sure looks impressive. It is a joy to see such perfectly illuminated Maya sites and such flawless color printing.175 large pages,


YASUGI, Yoshiho (commentary), ORNAMENTS OF THE WORLD, VOL. 5, The Continent of America, native art of the Americas, 408 photographs & drawings, has 51 color and 38 B&W photos of Maya ceramics, not counting Maya murals, architecture, sculpture, plus non-Maya cultures of America.
The Guatemalan textiles are especially handsomely rendered in color which only the Japanese can so stunningly print. There are hieroglyphic inscriptions shown that are not published in any other book. Thus for epigraphers this book is a useful reference to allow keeping up to date with what is available to study from the F.L.A.A.R. Photo Archive. More of Hellmuth's Maya photographs are here than in any other book available this decade. Only a few of these ancient Maya ceramics have been published elsewhere. In other words, the majority of these pictures are not available in any other book and only about 7% of the Maya art in this book is found in books by Coe, Robicsek, or even Kerr.
Since the book is in Japanese, we have captions available in English (which will accompany your order). These captions are by Hellmuth and constitute a review of his advances in iconography based on the immense F.L.A.A.R. Photo Archive.


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