Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, . Hardcover. Translation by Adrian Recinos. Small 4to. Green cloth with silver spine lettering. xix, 267pp. Illustrations, map. Very good. Faint edgwewear and single tiny chip at left of spine head. Item #45389
A tight and nice fourth printing of this 1950 version of the history and mythology text of the indigenous people of Guatemala. Outstanding association copy: Inner flyleaf bears a large purple inkstamped presentation stamp: "Obsequiado por el Presidente / YDIGORAS FUENTES / a [Mr. --] / [Adlai E. Stevenson] / Guatemala,  de [Feb.] 196." (Bracketed portions penned in black ink.) Above this appears a rubberstamped ownership signature of Stevenson he sometimes employed later in life. Adlai E. Stevenson III (1900-65), Illinois governor and two-time presidential candidate, would become U.S. ambassador to the U.N. the following year, and apparently Fuentes sent him this and other books about his country well in advance of that for some reason. Interestingly, it was in Guatemala that the American-led troops involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion of April, 1961, were trained and it was from there and Nicaragua that they launched their attack. In June 1961 Stevenson (who'd been kept in the dark about the CIA's Bay of Pigs involvement) toured 10 South American capital cities in 18 days to sound government leaders out about JFK's "Alliance for Progress" cooperative program and to sound the alarm about the spread of communism in the western hemisphere. A superb association copy from the Guatemalan president (1895-1982) remembered for his close ties to the U.S.