In a brief compass this work seems to comprehend the entirety of Maya civilization. First published in Cuba in 1957, it is now reprinted in a Mexican edition. Its four parts correspond to four lectures delivered by the author at the Universidad de Oriente: Mesoamerican culture in general, Maya history and culture, Maya art, and Palenque. The whole makes a succinct, rounded, general account, with more attention than might be expected to Mesoamerica outside the Maya area, and with special comment on one of the author’s principal interests, the tumba real at Palenque. Occasional notes and some recent bibliography have been added to the 1957 text. Some fifty plates illustrate Maya sculpture, architecture, and mural painting.