TELLEO, ALFONSO GARCIA. Manuscript book, 30 pp, 8vo, , in red ink on amate paper, with 27 mounted silhouettes, in Spanish, accordion-folded with snap closures, one silhouette laid in. Fine condition. Sold with a copy of James Dow's The Shaman's Touch. Otomi Indian Symbolic Healing, 1986.
Telleo was an Otomi Indian schooled in the cures and curses of Otomi shamans. The figures in the silhouettes represent superhuman entities relevant to nature, kinship, fertility, healing, and the spirit world. The Otomi were once part of the Aztec empire, settled northeast of Mexico City.
This one-off booklet can unfold to a length of over 12 feet; beautifully done.