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La Conquistadora: The Autobiography of an Ancient Statue

Chavez, Angelico

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ISBN 10: 0913270431 / ISBN 13: 9780913270431
Published by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A., 1975
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Copy has darkening on the spine, nick on the lower front side of spine, minor shelfwear with a little toning on the edges. Signed by the author on the 1st title page. The Autobiography of an Ancient Statue - Santa Fe's own Patroness, brought to Santa Fe from Mexico in 1625. La Conquistadora is a small wooden statue beautifully decorated with bright arabesques over gold leaf, she represents the Assumption of Our Lady. This fascinating book tells her story as if written by the statue, her travels, the shrine, being kidnapped, and much more. Illustrated with b/w photographs, includes some laid in materials on La Conquistadora. vii/135pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 002721

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Title: La Conquistadora: The Autobiography of an ...

Publisher: Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Second Edition- 1st Printing

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Written as an autobiography, the author lets this famous willow wood statue speak for herself, tell her own story from the time she was brought to New Mexico in 1625 by Fray Benavides until the present. Many photographs bring this remarkable history to life. Fray Angelico researched, translated and annotated facts about the statue's history, its religious society, its fiestas and chapels, correcting the mistakes and folklore held as truth for more than two centuries. Fray Angelico Chávez has been called a renaissance man and New Mexico's foremost twentieth-century humanist by biographer Ellen McCracken. Any way you measure his career, Fray Angelico Chavez was an unexpected phenomenon in the wide and sunlit land of the American Southwest. In the decades following his ordination as a Franciscan priest in 1937, Chavez performed the difficult duties of an isolated backcountry pastor. His assignments included Hispanic villages and Indian pueblos. As an army chaplain in World War II, he accompanied troops in bloody landings on Pacific islands, claiming afterwards that because of his small stature, Japanese bullets always missed him. In time, despite heavy clerical duties, Fray Angelico managed to become an author of note, as well as something of an artist and muralist. Upon all of his endeavors, one finds, understandably, the imprint of his religious perspective. During nearly seventy years of writing, he published almost two dozen books. Among them were novels, essays, poetry, biographies, and histories. Sunstone Press has brought back into print some of these rare titles.

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