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Synopsis: 240 pp. & 280 illus. (117 in color), 1 map, folio.
From Publishers Weekly: Gorgeously illustrated and relating a fascinating linguistic tale, this look at the art of classic Maya scribes by anthropologist Coe and photographer Kerr includes the latest research into the deciphering of this mysterious writing. Maya scribes were both men and women, the authors write, and were much appreciated in a world where literature, art and mathematics had achieved unusual heights. The Classic Maya period lasted from about A.D. 250 until about A.D. 900, and its cities included Palenque in Mexico, Tikal in Guatemala and Copan in Honduras. Although the Olmecs in Mexico were the first in the hemisphere to have writing, the Maya, according to the authors, were "the only pre-conquest people in the New World to have a writing system sophisticated enough to express anything that was in their language." Maya writing, carved on stones such as jade, traced on pottery or painted on walls, deals almost exclusively with historical events--notably the constant wars waged between the city-states. Mythical characters appear, but mostly as part of paintings that represent actual historical figures, their places in the rich dreamworld of the Maya as well as where they rank in the pecking order of their cities indicated by fantastic headdresses. The authors mostly manage to keep the discussion accessible to the lay reader, but occasionally they do veer off into territory where only linguists would feel at home. Generally, the explanations are clear and compelling and the concrete examples of how Maya language developed and was rendered into art by scribes will shed light not only on language but on history and culture.
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Title: ART OF THE MAYA SCRIBE
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: near fine. First printing. First edition, 1998. Quarto, cloth hardcover in dust jacket, 240 pp., illustrated (some in color), clean unmarked text, Near Fine copy in Near Fine dust jacket, a bit of soiling or discoloration to the pages and the page-edges, rubbing and light wear to the tips of the dust jacket. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector. Bookseller Inventory # s00024482
Book Description Harry N Abrams, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Gorgeous art book showcasing the work of Mayan scribes. With 280 illustrations including 117 full colour plates. Copy is in near fine condition. No wear to the red cloth boards and a clean, unmarked interior. Unclipped dust jacket is in very good+ condition. Only blemishes are some minor instances of wear to the corners. This book is quite large and heavy and will require additional shipping charges. Bookseller Inventory # 001374
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Nice Hardcover in VG Jacket. Clean and gently used. Fast Shipping! ~"Buy with Confidence, Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # 47075
Book Description Harry N Abrams, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 240 pages with 148 maps, figures, illustrations, 117 color plates, index and bibliography. Folio (13" x 10") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine in pictorial jacket. Photographs by Justin Kerr. First edition. Michael Coe begins by examining the origins and character of the script. He then explores the world of the scribes and "keepers of the holy books," decoding their depiction in Maya and describing the mediums in which they worked, their tools and techniques. The artist-calligraphers-both men and women-held such high status in Classic Maya society (AD 250-900) that they lived in their own palaces and worshiped their own patron gods. They painted or carved on stone, stucco, wood, shell, bone and in screen fold books, and, most strikingly of all, on magnificent ceramic vessels used as offerings to the dead or to gods. Their masterpieces are reproduced her in remarkable photographs by Justin Kerr, many taken with his innovative roll-out camera that captures images from cylindrical surfaces with perfect clarity. This richly illustrated volume by two renowned experts is the first to make full use of the latest research and the first to explore the privileged lives of the Maya scribes and their distinctive artistic achievements. Condition: Very good to fine in a near fine jacket. Bookseller Inventory # A2035
Book Description Harry N. Abrams 1998-02-01, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: good. 0810919885. Bookseller Inventory # 504057
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 1998. Hardcover with dustjacket, pages, very good condition; pages 169-172 heavily ruffled along right edge; otherwise as new; clean and crisp; no internal marks. Foreign shipping may be extra. Bookseller Inventory # ThCoHa65
Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97808109198843.0
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020810919885
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Bookseller Inventory # P010810919885
Book Description Harry N Abrams Inc, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1998. Cloth/hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 240p. The author is one of the great experts on ancient Maya and here describes the class of scribes, the "keepers of the holy books" and decodes their symbols, and shows how they used their tools. Justin Carr has taken rich photographs depicting the art, their tools, using his rollout camera which for the first time allowed the cylindrical surfaces to be photographed with clarity. Bookseller Inventory # 016295