First Edition of Mexico South: The Isthmus of Tehuantepec; Inscribed by Miguel Covarrubias with two Drawings

  • Mexico South: The Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Mexico South: The Isthmus of Tehuantepec.


Item Number: 33005

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.

First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Tamara and John Emory with fondest regards from Rosa and Miguel Covarrubias, Mexico, March 3, 1947.” Covarrubias has added drawings of both himself and his wife Rosa to the inscription. The recipients were ballerina and actress Tamara Geva and her husband, actor John Emery. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable.

Miguel Covarrubias was a Mexican painter, caricaturist, illustrator, ethnologist and art historian whose artwork and celebrity caricatures were often featured in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair magazines throughout the 1950's. The linear nature of Covarrubias' drawing style was highly influential to other caricaturists at the time, including Al Hirschfeld. Mexico South is an important historical and anthropological study of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the interior of Mexico, an area shared by four different states; Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas. The book explores the diverse geography, anthropology, archaeology, history, literature, music, folklore and religion of the people of the region.

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