A Chant, A Myth, and a Prayer; Pai-ya-tu-ma, God of Dew and the Dawn. Zuñi Creation Myth, Frank Hamilton Cushing.
A Chant, A Myth, and a Prayer; Pai-ya-tu-ma, God of Dew and the Dawn
A Chant, A Myth, and a Prayer; Pai-ya-tu-ma, God of Dew and the Dawn
A Chant, A Myth, and a Prayer; Pai-ya-tu-ma, God of Dew and the Dawn
A Chant, A Myth, and a Prayer; Pai-ya-tu-ma, God of Dew and the Dawn

A Chant, A Myth, and a Prayer; Pai-ya-tu-ma, God of Dew and the Dawn

[San Francisco]: Grabhorn Press, [1950]. Limited Edition. Wraps. One of 500 copies, folio size, 20 pp. Very good +. Item #20011204

Frank Hamilton Cushing (1857-1900) was the first professional anthropologist to actually live with those he was studying; he lived with them for five years, learning their language and culture and ultimately gaining their acceptance as a member of the tribe.

This uncommon Grabhorn Press item was privately printed by them for William and Leslie Denman; William Denman (1872-1959), a Cal graduate, took his law degree and was admitted to both the Supreme Court of the US and the federal courts in Calfornia; his wife, Leslie Van Ness Denman was descended from a prominent pioneering San Francisco family. The couple were clearly interested in the culture and heritage of Native Americans; in addition to commissioning this and several other similar pieces from the Grabhorns, they had an extensive collection of Native American art and paintings.

The booklet opens with a quote from John Muir: "I felt I was going to a strange land yet not so, only turning over a new page." There follows one colour plate entitled "Gods That Dance" by L.V.N. Denman, followed by excerpts of certain of the Zuñi myths of creation, each one with a lovely large initial capital letter (unattributed in the bibliography).

___DESCRIPTION: String-bound in blue wrappers with white lettering on the front, yapped edges, title page in red and black, the single colour plate (as described above) bound in following the title page, the myths follow each with an initial capital in red; Centaur monotype on Dutch mold made paper, folio size (13" by 9"), pagination: [1-4[ 5-19 [20, colophon].

___CONDITION: Better than very good, the wraps clean overall, the string binding strong, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the wraps with a few light, stray marks, overall edgewear, and two splits at the fold (still holding well to the string binding); the interior fine.

___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography no. 505.

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Price: $150.00