Flute of the Gods. Text by Marah Ellis Ryan. Photographs by Edward Curtis. Frederick Stokes, New York, 1909. 338 pp. Thick octavo. Hardbound. Embossed boards with tipped in image. Decorative endpapers. Deckle edges. 24 sepia toned gravure reproductions.
This mystico-historical romance recounts the coming of the white man to the pueblos of the southwestern desert (just up the road from photo-eye headquarters in Santa Fe, NM!). It is very much part of a turn of the (20th) century vogue for things Native American. The epoch of the conquistadors is graphically--and sympathetically--treated, from the Indian's standpoint in this fascinating novel for which Curtis's images were specially produced.
Near Fine; tight square binding; lightly worn boards; cover image rubbed; wear to extremities: fraying/chipping to crown of spine; corners and foot lightly abraded; small personal library stamp on front paste down and tile page with hand-written date (Dec. 8, 1909) on former.