Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan

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by John Lloyd Stephens
     
 

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Volume 2 of two-volume work. Almost single-handed discovery of Maya culture; exploration of ruined cities, monuments, temples; customs of Indians. Total in set: 115 drawings.

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Volume 2 of two-volume work. Almost single-handed discovery of Maya culture; exploration of ruined cities, monuments, temples; customs of Indians. Total in set: 115 drawings.

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Library Journal
Stephens's book, first published in two volumes in 1841, has been abridged by Karl Ackerman, a freelance writer. Stephens made his journey in 1839-40, accompanied by an artist, Frederick Catherwood, who made detailed drawings of the Mayan ruins. The book was extremely popular upon publication; it remains an exciting 19th-century travel work and one of the early descriptions--and an incisive one--of the Mayan ruins. Ackerman's abridgment makes a handsome volume, but the continuity is not smooth, and the work could do with more explanatory footnotes. There are no contemporary photographs, of course, but later ones by Edward Muybridge and others are used, including some of Tikal, which Stephens did not visit. The book is useful but will not replace the original work or subsequent reprints with Catherwood's drawings.-- George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.
Denise Perry Donavin
A nineteenth-century lawyer smitten with wanderlust, Stephens was labeled in his own time as "The American Traveller" and today as "The Father of Maya archaeology." Stephens' look at Central America and Mexico is rife with danger, exotic scenery, civil unrest, and history. A modern traveler can contrast the sights witnessed by Stephens with those available today; while an armchair traveler can simply relish Stephens' discoveries and particularly his witty understatements about the "strange bedfellows" which travelling creates. One third of the initial two-volume text has been kept by editor Karl Ackerman, who has focused on Stephens' Mayan discoveries and excised his lengthy historical digressions and in-transit descriptions. The illustrations include the best of Catherwood's original drawings and photographs from the Smithsonian's archives. Just as Edgar Allen Poe said about the original two-volume work, this abridged edition is "magnificent. . . No one can deny his personal merits as a traveler, his enthusiasms, boldness, acuteness, courage in danger--perseverance under difficulty."

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2940026540167
Publisher:
Harper & brothers
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Incidents of travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jagsed More than 1 year ago
the must-have book to start learning about the Mayan people
Anonymous More than 1 year ago