New York: J.J. Augustin, 1944. First Trade Edition. Small 4to. , 120 pp., color frontispiece of the Dresden Codex, 39 plates. Original cloth, original dust-jacket protected by Brodart. Apart from minor wear, an unspoiled copy in very good state: dust-jacket NOT price-clipped, NOT ex-library! Very good / Very good. Item #3668
First Trade Edition, Review copy, with notice from the publisher loosely inserted.
A milestone in the study of pre-Columbian papermaking, with an insightful introduction by Dard Hunter, to which the work is dedicated. Lydenberg is critical of Hagen's stylish presentation, but concedes that "Dr. von Hagen gives his comments in detail, offers a record of careful examination of documentary sources, of extensive field exploration, of honest effort to get to the facts, to learn the truth. [...] impressive evidence of careful work on library tables, on laboratory slides, on widespread expeditions in Honduras, Puebla, many other places. The plates give excellent pictures of scenes connected with the record, reproductions from manuscripts and from laboratory slides, two samples of fig-tree paper witchcraft charms." (Harry Miller Lydenberg, review in: PBSA Vol. 38, No. 1, First Quarter, 1944, pp. 74-78).