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Seller: ancientgifts (4,259) 99.4%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122085337024 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see almost 800 archaeology/ancient history books and 500 authentic ancient artifacts on our eBay store! The Myths of Mexico and Peru by Lewis Spence. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 366 pages. Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc; (1944). One of the world’s greatest mythologists, Lewis Spence (1874-1955) specialized in the myths of Latin America. In this classic volume, he not only recounts a rich selection of the myths themselves, but discusses their meaning and significance for the cultures that produced them. Among the Mexican myths included are those of the Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca; Tlaloc, the Rain God; creation legends of the ancient Mexicans; the Mixteca and Zapoteca; the Mexican Noah; and more. Among the Peruvian myths considered are the Inca legends of The Vision of Yupanqui, The Bird Bride, and Thonapa. Enhanced by over sixty photographs and illustrations, this book will interest any student of mythology or Latin American Folklore. This is an unabridged Dover republication of the 1913 first edition published by George G. Harrap & Company of London. It includes the author’s preface, 68 illustrations, a bibliography, and index and glossary. This is a Dover special edition with opaque, minimal show-through paper which will not discolor or become brittle with age. Especially bound in “signatures” (small batches of pages bound together, those in turn bound all together), the method traditionally used for the best books, and will not drop out. The book will open flat for easy reference, and the binding will not crack or split. Though softcover, it is a permanent book. CONDITION: NEW. New and unread trade softcover. Dover Publications 366 pages. Minor edge and corner shelf wear to covers including a bit of scuffing to spine head and heel; very minor, almost imperceptible. Book has clearly never been opened, pages are pristine; clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound-as-new. Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from a bookstore environment wherein new books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. #1994b. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Published here is an extensive collection of the mythology from the "golden empires" of Mexico and Peru, many appearing for the first time. The author says that before the arrival of Europeans "Central America was the seat of civilizations boasting a history and semi-historical mythology second to none in richness and interest." His work on these ancient myths revived them for posterity. Beginning with the civilizations of Mexico and Peru, Lewis Spence relates the fascinating myths and legends of these two great countries. Also includes: the calendar system; the picture writing of the Aztecs; Nahua history, architecture and ruins; Cyclopean remains; lunar reckoning; bloodless battles; cosmology; the riddle of ancient Maya writing; the coming of the Spaniards; pyramidal structures; the Maya numeral system, and living sacrifices. James Lewis Thomas Chalmers Spence was born in Forfarshire, Scotland, in 1874. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and became Vice-President of the Scottish Anthropological and Folklore Society. He is perhaps best known for his comprehensive “Encyclopedia of Occultism (1920)” that was the first work of its kind and, like this book, is still useful today. He is also known for “The Myths of the North American Indians (1914)”, “The Myths of Ancient Egypt (1915)”, and “The History of Atlantis (1926)”. Spence was awarded a Royal pension in 1951 for Services to Literature, and died in 1955. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Lewis Spence was one of the world's great mythologists specialized in the myths of Latin America. In this classic volume, he not only recounts a rich selection of the myths themselves, but discusses their meaning and significance for the cultures that produced them. First published in 1913, “The Myths of Mexico and Peru” is enhanced by more than 60 photos and illustrations. REVIEW: Creation myths, legends of Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc, the Rain-God, The Bird Bride, Thonapa, more. Over 60 photos and illustrations. An absorbing account of the golden empires and civilizations that were ancient Mexico and Peru, 367 pages with fifty-two full-page illustrations and other drawings and maps. First published in 1913. REVIEW: There remains the romance of old America. The real interest of American medieval history must ever circle around Mexico and Peru; her golden empires, her sole exemplars of civilization. It is to the books upon the character of these two nations that we must turn for romantic interest as curious and as absorbing as that bound up in the history of Egypt or Assyria. REVIEW: The “Myths of Mexico and Peru” conjures images of far-off places in warm and humid countries, invokes names of unimaginable power, and chronicles times of bloody conquest and deeds much larger than life. Lewis Spence embeds the Latin-American mythology in history and recasts it in description informed by the lore of living peoples and by the most knowledgeable scholars of the time. REVIEW: The ancient cultures of Mexico & Peru are renowned for their imposing architecture and the cruelty of their religious practices. The intriguing myths on which their beliefs were based; the tales of the feathered god Quetzalcoatl and his enemy Tecatlipoca, Lord of the Night Winds; and of Pachacamac, Peruvian spirit of the Earth, are all described here. This detailed exploration looks at the Toltec and Aztec peoples of central Mexico, the Mayans of the Yucatan and the Incas of Peru. The eminent anthropologist Lewis Spence also describes their social organization and intellectual achievements. First published in 1920. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: The ancient cultures of Mexico and Peru are renowned for their imposing architecture and the cruelty of their religious practices. Less well known, but equally intriguing, are the myths on which their beliefs were based, the tales of the feathered god Quetzalcoatl and his enemy Tecatlipoca, Lord of the Night Winds, and of Pachacamac, Peruvian spirit of the Earth. This detailed exploration looks at the Toltec and Aztec peoples of central Mexico, the Mayans of the Yucatan and the Incas of Peru. The eminent anthropologist and mythologist Lewis Spence describes their social organization and intellectual achievements as well as their major myths. With over sixty black-and white illustrations this book presents a fascinating introduction to the civilizations that flourished in South and Central Americxa before the arrival of European conquerors. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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