First EditionJosephina Niggli's Mexican Village - Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1945. First edition a collection of ten stories interweaving Mexican folklore and culture in a post-revolutionary Mexico, exploring themes of race, gender, identity, and nationality in a northern Mexican town. COrange bookbinding cloth; 8vo. Measures 6" x 8.5". 491 pages. Cover design by Marion Fitz-Simmons. Josephina (also spelled Josefina) Niggli was the first Mexican-American to write about the Mexican diaspora in English to reach a broad American audience; her themes and topics were very progressive for the mid 1900's and explored equality in race, gender, culture, nationality, and ethnicity. Mexican Village was adapted into a film in 1953 under the title Sombrero, and she went on to write for Hollywood for some time as well, although she was largely uncredited for her work. Her writings created the foundation for later Latino/Latina & Chicano/Chicana feminists in the mid to late 20th century. Fine, in gently worn dust jacket; jacket is not price-clipped.