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Incidents of travel in Yucatan, volume 2 (1843)

by John L. Stephens

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On the twenty-fourth of January we left Nohcacab. It was a great relief to bid farewell to this place, and the only regret attending our departure was the reflection that we should be obliged to return.
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"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan" is a work often published in two volumes. "Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan" is a different work, also often published in two volumes. Many copies have not been catalogued accurately. Please DO NOT combine in haste. When in doubt, refer to the ISBN. Do not combine different ISBNs under the same work.
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This is one of the great books of archaeological discovery, and at the same time one of the few really absorbing books of travel. Before Stephens' expedition to Yucatan in 1841, little was known of that country; the Maya Indian culture, for example, had not been discovered. Stephens found, and described in this work, forty-four Maya sites; his account of these remains is, after more than a century, still the most authoritative in existence. Important as it is to the world of science, this work is nonetheless a great classic of travel and exploration. Stephens' descriptions of Yucatecan folkways, manners, dress, amusements, ceremonies, etc., are extremely articulate, and the frequent humorous passages are told with all the adroitness of a Mark Twain. Whether he is depicting a feast-day in Merida, the ferocity of a bullfight, the rude pathos of an Indian burial, or his own attempts to start a photography business among the natives, Stephens' prose remains consistently penetrating and alive. Catherwood's illustrations virtually double the overall appeal of the book. These are highly exact and realistic drawings showing ancient ruins, interior and exterior views of Maya tombs, hieroglyphics and drawings found on the walls of Maya temples, outdoor scenes depicting a Maya graveyard or a simple fishing village. All of Catherwood's original sketches have been made into engravings and are reproduced in this edition. Archaeologists, anthropologists, folklorists, and readers interested in Central American life, will find this a highly rewarding work.
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Volume 2 of two-volume set. Classic (1843) exploration of jungles of Yucatan, looking for evidences of Maya civilization. Extensive accounts of 44 Maya sites as well as of Yucatan folkways, manners, dress, ceremonies, amusements — all of which makes this a great travel book. Total in set: 127 engravings. 1 map.

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