Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983 - 1991. First Edition. Complete in 4 volumes. Vol. I: The Temple of the Inscriptions; Vol. II: The Early Buildings of the Palace and the Wall Paintings; Vol. III: The Late Buildings of the Palace; Vol. IV: The Cross Group, the North Group, the Olvidado, and Other Pieces. Large 4to. Various paginations. Profusely illustrated throughout the 4 volumes (some in color); maps; folding map in rear pocket of Volume I. Turquoise cloth spines over yellow cloth boards in publisher's color printed dustjackets. A fine set. Item #20791
Merle Greene Robertson (1913 – 2011) was an American artist, art historian, archaeologist, lecturer and Mayanist researcher, renowned for her extensive work towards the investigation and preservation of the art, iconography, and writing of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization of Central America. She is most famous for her rubbings of Maya carved stelae, sculpture, and carved stone, particularly at the Maya sites of Tikal and Palenque. Robertson was born in Montana where she develped an interest in Native American culture and even learned Indian sign language from Blackfoot Indian chiefs. But more importantly, in Great Falls she met the artist Charles M. Russell who spent many afternoons teaching Merle how to paint. She is most well known for her work at Palenque and in the 1980s, she undertook a project to document and record in detail all the sculptural art as presented in these 4 volumes.