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INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL IN CENTRAL AMERICA, CHIAPAS, AND YUCATAN
Harper & Brothers, New York 1841 - 233 x 145 mm. (9 1/8 x 5 3/4"). Two volumes. FIRST EDITION. Publisher's brown gilt-stamped cloth, rebacked preserving original spines, corner tips restored. With folding map and 77 engravings after Frederick Catherwood, as called for, including two double-page and 65 full-page plates, with original tissue guards. Sabin 91297. Restored bindings unworn and with still-bright gilt, volume two with light dampstain to lower quarter of leaves, increasing to three-quarters on the last few quires, the same volume with minor (mostly marginal) browning or foxing to plates, otherwise an excellent copy internally, clean and bright. This work brought the ancient Mayan civilization to the attention of scholars and public alike, and spurred research into the archaeology of Mesoamerica. Ordered to travel for his health, John Lloyd Stephens (1805-52) moved beyond the traditional Grand Tour sites in Western Europe to explore the Mediterranean, Asia Minor, and the Middle East. His first two books, "Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea and the Holy Land" (1837) and "Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia and Poland" (1838), documented these journeys and won him the sobriquet "the American Traveller." On his way home to the United States, Stephens met artist and fellow travel enthusiast Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854) in London, and the two men found they shared an interest in exploring Central America. They set out on this expedition in 1839, in the midst of political upheaval and civil war in the region. In the jungle of Honduras, they found the ruins of the Mayan city of Copán, which Stephens purchased from the landowner for $50. With only the help of a guide, a crude map, and a few men to help carry supplies, Stephens and Catherwood explored the jungles of Honduras, Guatemala, and the Yucatan, uncovering Mayan ruins that Catherwood sketched. ANB observes, "The size and quality of the ancient cities exceeded Stephens's expectations" and notes that this work "sold 20,000 copies in the first three months and continued through many editions." Britannica reports that Stephens' account and "Catherwood's superb drawings caused a storm of popular and scholarly interest and precipitated much study of earlier, mostly forgotten accounts of the lands of the Maya by Spanish conquerors and explorers." Modern archaeologist Jeremy A. Sabloff praised Stephens' work for "his careful descriptions of the archeological materials, his eye for detail, and the relative lack of speculation amid his observations." This work brought the ancient Mayan civilization to the attention of scholars and public alike, and spurred research into the archaeology of Mesoamerica. Ordered to travel for his health, John Lloyd Stephens (1805-52) moved beyond the traditional Grand Tour sites in Western Europe to explore the Mediterranean, Asia Minor, and the Middle East. His first two books, "Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea and the Holy Land" (1837) and "Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia and Poland" (1838), documented these journeys and won him the sobriquet "the American Traveller." On his way home to the United States, Stephens met artist and fellow travel enthusiast Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854) in London, and the two men found they shared an interest in exploring Central America. They set out on this expedition in 1839, in the midst of political upheaval and civil war in the region. In the jungle of Honduras, they found the ruins of the Mayan city of Copán, which Stephens purchased from the landowner for $50. With only the help of a guide, a crude map, and a few men to help carry supplies, Stephens and Catherwood explored the jungles of Honduras, Guatemala, and the Yucatan, uncovering Mayan ruins that Catherwood sketched. ANB observes, "The size and quality of the ancient cities exceeded Stephens's expectations" and notes that this work "sold 20,000 copies in the first three months and continued through many editions." Britannica reports tha [Attributes: First Edition]
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