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Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas & Yucatan, Vol 1

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Stephens' two expeditions to Mexico and Central America in 1839 and 1841 yielded the firstsolid information on the culture of the Maya Indians. The books in this two-volume set relate his archeological discoveries and exploration of ruined cities, monuments, and temples with penetrating andexciting narrative.Remarkably realistic illustrations by Frederick Catherwood double ...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published June 1st 1969 by Dover Publications
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Leonide Martin
John Stevens and Frederick Catherwood's travels in the Maya lands became famous as soon as they were published in the mid-1850s. These travel stories intrigued readers with their detailed descriptions of exotic landscapes and enigmatic people. Stevens (US) was the writer and Catherwood (Great Britan) the illustrator. Together they created books of enduring fascination and brought ancient Maya culture to the attention of the world. This spurred an onslaught of adventurers and explorers who wanted ...more
Jul 28, 2009 David is currently reading it
I bought an original printing from the 1800's. It has mold and weird things staining the pages, but it is incredible just to hold.
Okay, I lied, I read up to page 283, and put it down about three months ago. Not because I stopped liking it, but because it is not what they call "light reading" and after carrying it around and getting as far as I did in the amount of time I did, I calculated the average page number per day I read and realized it would've taken me at least another month and a half to finish, so I thought "I will take a break, and read something less scholarly, and then pick it up again" but that did not happen ...more
Stephens' three books titled "Incidents of Travel," for they all fit together, are a very special work. There is almost too much in them.

They are first: books of travel and adventure throughout Central America. They are second: books of early archaeology. He was the first to investigate and explore and describe, many of the Mayan ruins. His co-worker, I think he called him a draftsman, did very fine drawings. But, third: he was a diplomat working for the American government during the time when
Oct 03, 2008 Michele rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: archaeologists and historians only
I have a love hate relationship with this series of books. Great because of the drawings and descriptions of the archeological sites not to mention the history that is happening at the time. But I can't stand the way Stephens speaks about the people. I know that that's the way people spoke then, but seriously its dated. If you want to know about archaeological sites because you are a tourist look at other books.
John Mertz
Someone wrote "for archaeologists and historians only," and for those so inclined, it's worth four if not five stars. The author seems to invite and at times to require the reader to "read between the lines," but even so he treats us to a remarkable adventure story and a fascinating glimpse into our recent and ancient American past.
This book is best left for time travelers who won't wince at racial language or colonialism in all it's forms. If you can handle that, you'll be rewarded with unforgettable descriptions of ruins and people circa 1840. All told through the voice of a dapper barrister type and his trusty male companion and illustrator.
I just got this from Amazon and am having a friend pre-read it. Ange and I may go to Copan so I thought it would be appropriate.
"The sports of the puppets were carried on with ventriloquial conversations, in the midst of which I fell asleep."
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John Lloyd Stephens was the son of Benjamin Stephens, one of the "oldest inhabitants" of New-York; his mother was a daughter of Judge Lloyd, of Monmouth county, New Jersey. The future traveller was brought up and educated in the city of New-York. He received his classical education at the schools of Mr. Boyle and Mr. Joseph Nelson, the blind teacher, from th
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