Maya Monuments - Nigel HughesAntique Collectors' Club, 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with slight fraying to the top corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Drawings; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Maya Monuments is a record of forty representative Maya buildings and sculpted monoliths, selected by the author to show the stylistic range of the Classic and Post classic periods of that remarkable and accomplished civilization. All are beautiful in their context, which is generally one of elegiac abandonment to the encroachments of nature. Resources are insufficient these days to protect them all, and many are now suffering from exposure to the elements, from ransacking and undermining by looters, and, in some cases, from the new pressures of tourism.
The book contains forty-one illustrations in colour by the author and numerous minor drawings taken from his site sketch books. The original paintings are large watercolours in the tradition of nineteenth century travelling artists such as Lear in the Levant, Roberts in Egypt and Palestine, the Daniells in India and, of course, Frederick Catherwood whose most celebrated work was in Mexico and Central America. The paintings in this volume have been exhibited to great acclaim at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico and in New York. The text consists of an introduction, thirty short essays on the culture, economy, beliefs and government of the ancient Maya, with an emphasis on the time of their greatest artistic flowering, and an epilogue. The paintings took five years to complete and the text contains many original observations and deductions arrived at during the author’s travels and studies.”