Carmen Pettersen was born in Guatemala City in 1900 and spent much of her life painting the life and dress of the indigenous Mayan people. Her watercolors have been reproduced individually in many places, and the majority of her original work is in the permanent collection of the Museo Ixchel de Traje Indigena de Guatemala.
This book is titled Maya of/de Guatemala, Life and Dress / Vida y Traje. It reproduces 60 of Pettersen's watercolors. Most are in full-page color images, but some are double-page. Each is accompanied by text both in Spanish and in English.
Hardcover: with dust jacket, 274 pages, map endpapers in rear.
Publisher: First edition by the Museo Ixchel in Guatemala, 1976.
Reprint (second) edition 1986, identical to the original.
Distributed in the U.S. by the University of Washington Press.
Language: Spanish with parallel English text.
Format: 10 x 12 x 1.4 inches, hardcover with dust jacket, shipping weight 4 pounds
Condition: this is a used book in Good or better condition; at any given time I will have 2 or more copies available, some may be the first edition and some may be the second edition; sometimes the book may be ex-libris and contain library markings. The condition will always be at least as good as in the photo to the left, with the interior clean and unmarked. The dust jackets were produced in Guatemala with a very thin plastic lamination; this lamination is often partially separated, especially along the edges.
The following are two of the interior illustrations: