Chicago. 1916. xiii,309pp. Forty-four photogravure illustrations. Original three-quarter cloth over cloth. Fine. Pencil inscription. Item #WRCAM21602
From an edition limited to 300 copies. This important work, edited by Mrs. Edward Ayer, translates the memorial of Franciscan Alonso Benavides, the best account of early 17th- century New Mexico. Extensive notes by Charles F. Lummis and Frederick Webb Hodge supplement the narrative. Of the greatest interest, however, are the extraordinary gravure illustrations from photographs by Adam Clark Vroman and Charles F. Lummis. These show Indian sites and churches - or ruins of churches - in New Mexico, as well as New Mexico landscape. Beautifully printed by the firm of John Andrew & Son of Chicago, they are an overlooked photographic treasure trove from two notable 20th-century photographers of New Mexico. GRAFF 250. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 239.