The "Rain Bird" A Study in Pueblo Design.

Santa Fe: Laboratory of Anthropology, 1937. [iv], 113pp, 48 plates. Original printed stiff paper covers with a decorative dust jacket. Slight soil and minor corner bumps, else clean and very good. A detailed examination of the Òrain birdÓ motif, one of the basic designs in pottery decoration throughout the the southwest, and how it has gone through regional adaptations. The first book illustrated by Tom Lea who was on the staff of the Laboratory of Anthropology at the time. The dust jacket deserves special mention. Merle Armitage, one of the leading forces in modern American book design, lived in Santa Fe briefly after World War II, and he offered his services free of charge to the Laboratory of Anthropology to design new covers for old material that "had the appeal of a pamphlet produced by the Government Printing Office." Thus, academic studies that had languished in storage (including this one) sold out in month. Item #26981

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