Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan

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Author: Stephens, John Lloyd (1805-1852)

Year: 1843

Publisher: John Murray

Place: London


2 volumes; [2]+viii+[9]-424 pages with frontispiece, 30 plates and folding map; vii+[3]+[7]-474 pages with double page frontispiece and 44 plates . Illustrations from drawings by Frederick Catherwood, including 34 steel-engraved plates; 29 lithographed plates; 4 wood engraved plates; 9 wood engravings in the text. (9" x 6") bound in original brown cloth decorated in gilt and lettering to spine and blind stamped edge ruled with gilt decorative glyph to pebbled covers. (Sabin: 92197) Later British printing.

In this work and in Incidents of Travel in Yucatan (1843) author John Lloyd Stephens brings to life his discoveries, during expeditions between 1839 and 1842, of the ruined remains of the Maya civilization of Central America. His popular accounts are accompanied by engravings after watercolors made by his traveling companion, the English artist Frederick Catherwood, whose Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan (New York, 1844) remains a landmark of architectural illustration. In 1836 Frederick Catherwood met travel writer John Lloyd Stephens in London. They read the account of the ruins of Copán published by Juan Galindo, and decided to try to visit Central America themselves and produce a more detailed and better illustrated account. The expedition came together in 1839 and continued through the following year, visiting dozens of ruins and resulting in the detailed description of 44 sites, many for the first time. Stephens and Catherwood are credited for the "rediscovery" of the Maya civilization, and through their publications brought the Maya back into the minds of the Western World. The expedition resulted in this book Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, published in 1841, with text by Stephens and engravings based on the drawings of Catherwood. A large number of his original drawings and paintings were destroyed when the building where he was exhibiting them in New York City caught fire, but a number survive in museums and private collections, often showing more detail than the published engravings.


Spine head chipped, some internal foxing and spotting. Plates clean else a very good set.

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