MEXICO: South to Tehuantepec

As Mexico's "boy wonder" artist he came to New York in the '20s and helped Novelist Carl Van Vechten discover Harlem. In the '30s his book on Bali started a vogue that still persists. In his newest book, Mexico South: the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Knopf; $7.50), Artist-Writer Miguel Covarrubias has done it again. His gorgeous portfolio of prose, paintings and photographs, introducing to the U.S. the statuesque beauties of Tehuantepec, should do much to make the isthmus a new fad and a tourist goal.

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