Artists' Books Collection

Mayan hearts


Limited edition. Copy ... of an edition of 502;--T.p. verso. Colophon: This book first went to press on February 14, 2002 in Taller Leñateros, the Woodlanders' Workshop. It was stamped and mackled in Sun and Moon Silkscreen and bound with our hearts in hand-and paper conjured up by Mayans from maguey fiber and mistletoe. ... Heart glyph: Karen Bassie, Temple of the Inscriptions, west panel D3, Palenque. Drawing of Mayan scribe on the title page: Rafael López Castro, after the Codex Tro-cortesiano. Design: Ámbar [Past] with Bob & Mimi ... Serenades and love letters: Munda Tostón and Kiromansia Yat Ka'. Printing: Cristóbal Vázquez Moshán, Lucio Jiménez, and Cruz Pantoja. Handmade paper: Xmanvel Váskes, María Tzu, Karmelita te la Kruz, Xunka Ernández. Binding: Antonia Moshán Culej, Pilar Tovilla de los Santos, Xpetra Ernándes, Catalina Sánchez, Loxa Spek'mut. Heartbreaks: Lucio Jiménez, Calixtema Robles, Tesh Tontik. Text illustrated with woodcut printed in red and black by Uruguayan artist Naúl Ojeda. To tell this love story I have chosen twenty heart metaphors with the colonial Tzotzil text written using today's alphabet ... First is found the literal translation of the Tzotzil. On the following page, accompanying Naúl Ojeda's graphic definition, occurs first my English translation of the friar's Spanish dictionary entry, followed by the original Tzotzil, and below this, my literal rendering of the Tzotzil phrase --P. [15]-[16]. Bound in boards covered with black, fibrous hand-made paper, lined in red; heart cut-out on upper board, revealing red endpaper underneath. MSU copy:


  • Laughlin, Robert M
  • López Castro, Rafael
  • Ojeda, Naúl, 1939-
  • Past, Ámbar
  • Vázquez Moshán, Cristóbal

Publication Date: 2003

Original Size: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm.

Collection: MSU Libraries Artists' Book Collection

Call Number: folio N7433.4.L37 M39 2003

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