Stockholm: P. A. Norstedt & Soners Forlag. Very Good. 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. A first edition of Gustaf Nordenskiold's beautifully illustrated first scientific study of Mesa Verde's ruins. Original green stamped boards with gilt imprint. Sunning on spine, rubbed corners, and light soil on boards. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers, tissue guards on plates with some offsetting of a few plates onto text pages opposite. Two-inch tear on one page; another page is loose and another is loosening. Light soil on the fore edge of some plates. Collated complete with seventeen plates as called for. The photogravures are very high quality images and include a two-page center spread of the Cliff Palace. Many maps and plans also illustrate the Swedish text. Gustaf Nordenskiold excavated and collected Mesa Verde artifacts in the summer of 1891, working with Richard Wetherill and taking some of the best early photographs of Southwest ruins. Howes N 174. ; B&W Photographs; 14 1/2" x 11 1/4"; 193 pp . (Inventory #: 010915)
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