This is a large and heavily illustrated book published in 2001 by Thames & Hudson, New York. From publisher's promotional material: "The Sport of Life and Death is published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Mint Museum of Art. Drawing upon collections in the United States and Mexico, it is the most comprehensive work ever on the ancient ballgame, with essays contributed by the world's foremost authorities on Mesoamerican art and culture. We learn that the marvelous qualities of rubber, extracted from native American plants, led to the development of the games; that Olmec and Maya rulers played the ballgame as part of their ceremonial duties; that ballcourts were dynamic public spaces where great pageants were enacted; and that elaborate rituals of human sacrifice often concluded a great game. 320 illustrations, 180 in color."
This is a NEW book still in publisher's shrinkwrap.
Editor: E. Michael Whittington
Number of pages: 288
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket measuring 12.1 x 9.2 x 1 inches
Publisher: Thames & Hudson; illustrated edition edition (September 2001)