New York: Duell, Sloane, & Pearce.
Hardcover. Very good in a Good dust jacket. Sixth printing, with no date on title page; copyright 1948. 263 pp, plus and additional 64 pp of photographs. Topographic map of Machu Picchu and vicinity on the front endpapers. Previous owner's address stamp on front endpaper, four pages with offsetting from a newspaper clipping laid in, otherwise a very nice copy showing minimal wear. Dust jacket has some short tears and is heavily chipped along top edge, foot of spine, and corners, but presents reasonably well in a new mylar cover. More than 30 years after his original find (1911), Bingham recounts the story of his discovery and the excavation the remarkably intact pre-Columbian city. Although Machu Picchu--built by the Incas in the 15th century--was never truly "lost," over centuries of abandonment the site was overrun by the jungle, and few outsiders knew of its existence.