The Rise and Fall of Maya Civilization


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Author: Thompson, J. Eric S.  (1898-1975)

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Pub Date: 1966 (Second edition)

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: Book: Fair to Good.  Binding tight.  No tears, bends or folds.  Previous owner’s stamp on ffep and bottom of text block.  Upper corners bumped.  Very light edge and corner wear.  Small smudging to bottom of text block.  Gilt on spine still sharp, easily readable.  Dust Jacket: Fair to Good.  NOT price clipped.  Some edge wear to top edge, front and rear.  Upper corners have some wrinkling (from book corners being bumped).  Sunning to spine.

Notes: First edition published in 1954, this edition revised and enlarged, including new information on political and social organization, settlement patterns, commerce, and hieroglyphs (one of Thompson’s specialties).  Personally interesting to me, as a beekeeper, is his analogy of the decline and fall of the Maya civilization with a bee hive with the wax moth parasite.


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