Costumbres Funerarias de los Antiguos Mayas
Publisher: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Place: Mexico City
368 pages with frontispiece, 48 figures (2 fold out), 2 fold out charts, 8 maps (1 fold out). Royal octavo (9 1/8" x 6 5/8") issued in original publisher's blue cloth with black label and gilt lettering to spine, gilt decoration on front cover in original jacket. Signed on title and half title. First edition limited to 2000 copies. .
Alberto Ruz Huiller, Director of Research at Palenque for Mexico's Instituto National de Arqueologia y Historia, had been working in the Temple of the Inscriptions for many days. It took Ruz four long years working in hot weather to follow a stairwell that led him 80 vertical feet that terminated in a chamber 30 feet long and 13 feet wide with a high vaulted arch of 23 feet. There he discovered a room with a flagstone in the middle of it with the help of Guadalupe Pech Hernandez, Alberto Sanchez Lopez, Tomas Mendoza, and Arturo Romano. When he took further notice of the room he discovered that the walls of the room went far below the floor itself. He then realized that the flagstone was left there to seal off a chamber below this room. Finally in the summer of 1952 Ruz discovered a hidden room not seen for thousands of years. The room was a tomb for the great ruler of Palenque. The lid of his sarcophagus was beautifully carved.
Corners bumped, shelf wear, page ends soiled. Jacket soiled, corners and spine ends chipped, 1/2" x 1/2" chip at front head edge, else a very good copy in about a very good jacket.
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