La Poblacion del Valle de Teotihuacan El Medio en que se ha desarrollado. Su evolucion Etnica y Social Iniciativas para Procurar su Mejoramiento
Author: Gamio, Manuel (1883-1960) inscribed by the author from the library of George M Foster
Publisher: Direccion de Talleres Graficos Dependiente de la Secretaria de Educacion Publica Mexico
Place: Mexico City
2 parts in 3 volumes: Volume 1, part 1: cii+326+xvi pages with tables (some folding), maps (some folding and in color), plates (many folding and in color), photographs, illustrations and figures. Volume 1, part 2: -778+xii pages with tables (some folding), maps (some folding and in color), plates (many folding and in color), photographs, illustrations and figures. Volume 2: 670+xxx pages with tables, maps (some folding), plates, photographs, illustrations and figures; c pages with plates,(many folding), illustrations, figures, maps (some folding), charts, tables. Quarto (11" x 7 1/2') bound original publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Two title pages with one in red and black. Inscribed by the author. From the library of George M Foster. First edition.
This report embodies the results of some five years of preparation survey, investigation, and excavation on the part of the combined force of the Mexican Department of Anthropology, with the assistance of a corps of specialists from other governmental scientific departments, including biologists, geologists, meteorologists and even artists and musicians. The first volume is that of the greatest interest to archaeologists, consisting of three parts: Introduction, Synthesis, Conclusion and Remarks; Physico-Biological Survey; and the Pre-Hispanic Inhabitants. The second volume contains the Colonial Inhabitants and interest to anthropologists, while the third volume contains The Colonial Inhabitants and The Inhabitants During the Nineteenth Century, while the third volume refers to The Contemporaneous Inhabitants and contains considerable valuable material on somatology, ethnology, folklore and linguistics. In the Synthesis is to be found the detailed report, profusely illustrated, on the excavation of the beautiful Temple of Quetzalcoatl which was discovered too late for this report to be included in the chapter on the Archaeology of Teotihuacan. The greater part of volume one, 312 pages and 130 plates, is devoted to the Pre-Hispanic Population, consisting of eight chapters on Physical Type, Intellectual Manifestations and Archaeology. Of consummate interest to Americanists are the chapters on archaeology, giving as they do the full details, amply illustrated by photographs, maps, plans, drawings and reconstructions, of the recent excavations at Teotihuacan carried out by the department, combined and digested with the results of earlier investigations. Volume two, containing parts 3 on The Colonial Population, and 4 on the Population in the Nineteenth Century treats of economic, social and religious life, colonial architecture, history and similar topics. Volume three, the fifth part, on The Contemporary Population, is also primarily of interest to sociologists, though containing much interest for students of Mexican archaeology and linguistics.
The dominant note of the entire work is completeness and comprehensiveness. Every possible phase of the survey is treated with thoroughness. The volumes are tributes to the admirable ability of the Mexican printer, engraver, artist and binder, being of a quality not to be excelled. (American Anthropologist volume 26, pages 416-421)
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.
Inscribed by the author on the first title page volume one part one. Foster's stamp to title. Volume one part on front hinge cracked and detached, edge wear with chips at spine ends with corners bumped and rubbed through over all a fair set of a somewhat scarce printing. Due to the size and/or weight of this lot extra shipping and/or handling charges may apply.