Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico: [Self-published, No date but 1946]. Illustrated by Carl Pappe. Cover by R. Hesketh. First Edition. Signed presentation from Goodspeed to American actors Ward Bond and Henry Fonda on the verso of the title page: "To Ward Bond and Henry Fonda- with my good wishes- Sincerely, Bernice I. Goodspeed. [she then writes her Taxco, Mexico address]. 15 October, 1946."
What Goodspeed’s connection with Ford and Bond is unclear but this copy is from Henry Fonda’s estate. Ward Bond was an American actor who was in more than 200 films and the NBC television series Wagon Train from 1957 to 1960. I assume I need not go into the biography of Henry Fonda. In the early 1930s, Goodspeed went to Mexico City to complete her studies in pre-Columbian art at the University of Mexico. Her knowledge of archaeology made her a favored lecturer for visiting Americans and she also had a business that sold a wide selection of Mexican handicrafts. In 1935, she met Carl Pappe and they became acquainted with major figures in the Mexican and expatriate intelligentsia. This play is about the effect of Christianity upon women with an Prologue by Mexican writer Francisco Monterde G. Icazbalceta. A rare book with an interesting association! 8vo., pictorial green wraps; 72 pages. Item #55818
Very Good (covers nice with little edgewear and crease down middle of front cover; contents clean & tight with small bit of soil on presentation page).