Handbook of Middle American Indians

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Author: Wauchope, Robert and Victoria Reifler Bricker (editors) from the library of Professor George M Foster

Year: 1964-85

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Place: Austin


22 volumes: volume 1, Natural Environment and Early Cultures: viii+570 pages with maps, tables, plates, illustrations and index with some foldouts; volume 2 and 3, Archaeology of Southern Mesoamerica: [viii]+[560]-[viii]+[561]-1084 pages with illustrations, plates tables, maps and index with some foldouts; volume 4, Archaeological Frontiers and External Connections: viii+367 pages with plates, illustrations, tables, maps and index, some foldouts; volume 5, Linguistics: 402 pages with maps, some fold out and tables; volume 6, Social Anthropology: viii+597 pages with illustrations, maps, plates, figures, tables and index; Volume 7 and 8, Ethnology: [viii]+[576]+[viii]+[579]-965 pages, with tables, maps, plates, figures, illustrations and index; volume 9 Physical Anthropology: viii+296 pages with multiple foldout tables, maps (errata laid in) and index; volume 10 and 11, with over 103 figures, plates, drawings, illustrations, tables, maps and index; viii+[458]+[viii]+[459]-903 pages with illustrations, figures, tables, maps, plates and index with some foldouts; volume 12, 13, 14 and 15, Guide to Ethnohistorical Sources: xiv+[462] pages; xiv+462 pages; x+[310]+[xii]+[311]+724 pages with over 103 figures, plates, illustrations, tables and index; volume 16, Sources Cited and Artifacts Illustrated:324 pages; Supplement 1, Archaeology:xii+463 pages with tables, maps, figures, illustrations, plates and index; Supplement 2, Linguistics: x+146 pages; Supplement 3, Literatures: x+195 pages with index; Supplement 4, Ethnohistory: vii+232 pages with maps, tables and index; 5, Epigrphy: vi+195 pages with maps, diagrams, tables and index; Ethnology: viii+340 pages with maps, plates, diagrams, tables, bibliography and index. Quarto (10 3/4" x 7 1/2") bound in original publisher's brick red cloth with silver and black stamping to spine in original jackets. Robert Wauchope was the volumes general editor through volume 16 and Victoria Reifler Bricker became the general volume editor for the supplements. From the library of Professor George M Foster. first editions.

This is an attempt at a definitive encyclopaedia of the environment, archaeology, ethnology, social anthropology, ethnohistory, linguistics and physical anthropology of the native peoples of Mexico and Central America. The Handbook was assembled at the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University with the aid of grants from the National Science Foundation.

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.


All volumes have Foster's stamp on front end paper, except the supplements 2 through 6 which are as new. An occasional word underlined by Foster in the texts. Jacket spines sunned. Supplement 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and six issued without jackets. Over all a better than very good set in like jackets.


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