1932 1st year edition; SIGNED BY CARLETON BEALS on half-title page to origninal owner; J.B. Lippincott Company publishers, Philadelphia & London; hardbound in forest green boards with gilt stamp images on cover and printing on spine; pictoral endpapers; quite good condition with unmarked pages and minimal edge wear; no dust jacket.
This is a charming account of the author’s impressions of Central American natural and social geography in the early 20th century. Carleton Beals was a progressive journalist who traveled extensively throughout Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, during times of political and social strife in the 1920s and 30s. The Art Deco illustrations of Carlos Merida beautifully complement the picturesque descriptions of small village life and the tropics.
Note: From the library of Alexander Wetmore, Sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.