Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan

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An instant best-seller when first published in 1841, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan by John Lloyd Stephens, with illustrations by Frederick Catherwood, continues to draw readers who want to see the ruins of Copan, Quirigua, Palenque, and Uxmal as this American lawyer and British artist first saw them on muleback more than 150 years ago. Although Stephens and Catherwood traveled without maps into the wilds of a region gripped by civil war, their detailed descriptions and drawings of ...
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Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Volume I

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Overview

An instant best-seller when first published in 1841, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan by John Lloyd Stephens, with illustrations by Frederick Catherwood, continues to draw readers who want to see the ruins of Copan, Quirigua, Palenque, and Uxmal as this American lawyer and British artist first saw them on muleback more than 150 years ago. Although Stephens and Catherwood traveled without maps into the wilds of a region gripped by civil war, their detailed descriptions and drawings of the great "lost" civilization gave birth to Maya archaeology and led many others to follow in their footsteps. This new edition brings the best of both Stephens's narrative and Catherwood's drawings into a single volume with an added selection of photographs - many never before published - that expand a reader's view of the Maya ruins, the cities and scenes along the journey, and the native peoples whose cultures endure today. The illustrations include nineteenth-century scenes by the renowned photographer Eadweard Muybridge, portraits of Guatemalan Indians from the Smithsonian's Emilio Herbruger collection, and Osbert Salvin's early photos of Copan. More recent photographs of Guatemala by Jacques and Parney VanKirk and of the Lacandon in Mexico by Gertrude Duby Blom capture the timeless nature of the lands of the Maya that persists into the twentieth century. Now enhanced with historical and modern photographs, this new, one-volume edition of Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan is organized for the traveler by place and omits descriptions of Stephens's voyages to and from the region and his short trips to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as some long historical digressions and anecdotes. It will remain a classic of travel literature and Maya archaeology.

An instant bestseller when first published in 1841, Stephens' work--along with Catherwood's drawings--continues to draw readers who want to see the ruins of Copan, Quirigua, Palenque, and Uxmal as they first saw them on muleback over 150 years ago. This new edition adds a selection of historical and modern photographs--most never before published. 80 illustrations. Line drawings.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781108017282
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,030,680
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Visit to the volcano of Masaya; 2. Beautiful plain; 3. Journey to San Salvador; 4. Contributions; 5. Approach of Carrera's forces; 6. Visit from General Morazon; 7. Ruins of Quirigua; 8. Reception at the Government House; 9. Journey continued; 10. Lake of Atitan; 11. Interior of a convent; 12. Quezaltenango; 13. Journey continued; 14. Comfortable lodgings; 15. Parting; 16. A wild country; 17. Preparations for visiting the ruins; 18. Precautions against the attacks of Moschetoes; 19. A voice from the ruins; 20. Plan of the ruins; 21. Departure from the ruins; 22. Embarcation; 23. Laguna; 24. Journey resumed; 25. Ruins of Uxmal; 26. Exploration finished; 27. Journey to Merida.

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    the must-have book to start learning about the Mayan people

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