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Author: Atl, Dr [PSEUD Gerald Murillo] (1875 – 1964) from the library of Professor George M Foster

Year: 1922

Publisher: Librería Cultura

Place: Mexico City


2 volumes: 293 pages with numerous plates tipped in; 292 page with tipped in plates and index. Quarto (12" x 9 1/2") rebound in half leather with red and black spine labels and gilt lettering, original wrappers bound in, but trimmed at heal edges. From George M Foster's library. First edition.

Gerald Murillo (October 3, 1875 – August 15, 1964) was a Mexican painter and writer who signed his works "Dr. Atl". He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, where he began the study of painting at an early age, under Felipe Castro. At the age of 21, Murillo entered the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City to further his studies.After showing his abilities, Murillo was granted a pension by President Porfirio Díaz to study painting in Europe. There he broadened his scope of learning, with study of philosophy and law at the University of Rome, and many trips to Paris to listen to lectures about art given by Henri Bergson. His strong interest in politics led him to collaborate with the Socialist Party in Italy and work in the Avanti newspaper. It was at this time that he was baptized "Dr. Atl" (the Nahuatl word for "water") by Leopoldo Lugones.Dr. Atl became very active in Mexico when he returned. He led art exhibitions sponsoring such artists as Diego Rivera, Francisco de la Torre, and Rafael Ponce de Leon.Dr. Atl then returned to Paris, where he analyzed the political aspects of Mexico. He founded a journal and wrote about the social and political issues of Mexico, and criticized Victoriano Huerta. Dr. Atl supported constitutionalists, leaning towards biblical socialism and promoting the growth of art, literature, and science.Dr. Atl's love of the outdoors and his active nature are easily seen in his many paintings which portray the landscapes of his era. Among his interests was the study of volcanoes, and he spent much time climbing both Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. A book he wrote in 1950, Cómo nace y crece un volcán, el Paricutín "How a Volcano is Born and Grows – Paricutín", told of his experience of witnessing the eruption of Paricutín in 1943. His time spent with volcanoes was the cause of a disease which led to the amputation of one of his legs.His literary writings including Cuentos de todos los colores "Stories of All Colors", which focuses on the themes of the Mexican Revolution and has been hailed as one of the best narrations of that historical period. His book La Perla "The Pearl" inspired the writing of the novella, much the same, by John Steinbeck.Dr. Atl received numerous awards for his literature and art, including the National Arts Award in 1958 and the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor. He died in Mexico City in 1964.

George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.


Wrapper of volume one with a closed tear repaired, Foster's date of acquiry (11/13/45) on front paste down of volume one. Nicely rebound in half leather a very good copy.

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