Popular Arts of Spanish New Mexico

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Author: Boyd Hall, Elizabeth (1903-1974) inscribed

Year: 1974

Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press

Place: Santa Fe


viii+518 pages with pictorial title, tables, photographs, plates (many in color), bibliography and index. Quarto (11 1/4" x 8 3/4") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with dark brown cloth. inscribed First published in 1968.

Elizabeth Boyd hall's first book, Saint and Saint Makers, was published in 1946. It was considered the first truly scholarly and well-researched book on the subject of santos. From 1945 to 1951 Boyd primarily lived in Los Angeles. She worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1949-1951 first as a Librarian and then as Registrar. When her friend, Cady Wells, donated his collection of santos to the Museum of New Mexico in 1951, he recommended her as the collection's curator. Boyd and the collection were initially housed in the New Mexico Museum of Art before they were moved to the Museum of International Folk Art. The culmination of her life's research on the subject was the publication in 1968 of the book Popular Arts of Colonial New Mexico. In honor of her work for the state, Boyd was awarded the New Mexico's Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1974.


Inscription to front end paper. Corners bumped, author's gift inscription on front end paper, previous owner's notes on front end paper describing his relationship with the author and page iv. Jacket flaps taped to front paste down, the number 1974 written below roman numerals on title page. Plate front the jacket laid in.

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