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Stephens, John L.; F. Catherwood (Ill.)
Incidents of Travel in Yucatan. 2 Vols
London: John Murray, 1843. First edition. Hardcover. g- to vg+. Octavo. xii, 9-459, xvi, 9-478pp., 65 plates, 1 map. Bound in three-quarter brown leather over marbled boards with gilt ruling on covers, gilt lettering and ruling on spines; raised bands. Marbled enpapers. Folding frontispiece in each volume. Beautifully illustrated with 120 engravings, including woodblock engravings in text, some of them full page, and 65 copperplate engravings with tissue guards, some of these bound in back to back. "...the most extensive journey ever made by a stranger in that peninsula, and contain the account of visits to forty-four ruined cities, or places in which remains or vestiges of ancient population were found." (Preface). The illustrations feature Mayan temples, pyramids, art, plans, landscapes, etc. Appendices with thermometric observations, population, architecture, the Mayan calendar, etc., and a manuscript written in the Maya language, with English translation, in volume two. Stephens is considered a pivotal figure in rediscovering Mayan civilization. Inspired by Alexander von Humboldt and Juan Galindo Stephens and his traveling companion, the architect and draftsman Frederick Catherwood, undertook a second trip to Yucatan in 1841, visiting a total of 44 Mayan sites with Catherwood providing the drawings. Stephens argued convincingly that Mayans had built the ancient Central American cities. Bindings with very light wear along edges and few small chips on spines. Volume one internally very clean with some foxing along edges, volume two with medium, at times heavy foxing, w … [Click Below for Full Description]
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