Lost galleys, the only ones we have known were lost in seven years, account for this latecomer. And it was almost worth it to see the book in finished form, with the attractive homespunweave jacket design, and the stunning bold line drawings by Howard Willard. The book is ideal for readers who know something of Mexico and love it. I think it would be hard going for the neophyte, for Downing takes centuries in his gulps, he groups his material by place -- or subject -- and the reader makes his own coordination. None the less, it is check full of good material, history, folk lore, modern interpretations, travel, human psychology, religion, industries, racial problems -- all handled with scholarly comprehension, sympathetic understanding and vigor.