London: John Murray, 1841 - 1st UK Edition. 8vo - 2 volumes, viii, 424pp.; vii, -474, Appendix pp, complete with 78 engraved plates and one fold-out map. Publisher's original textured brown cloth with de-bossed border ruling and bright gilt decoration on front covers. Spines with gilt decoration and titles and showing some professional restoration. Foxing throughout which is normal for this publication, Foxing is predominantly to text pages - many of the fine illustrations have retained their tissue guards and have minimal foxing; no prior ownership markings Ñ a complete copy of a significant publication. Scarce. First UK Edition of one of the most important classic works on Central America and a landmark of Mesoamerican archaeology. Stephens was the first westerner to penetrate the jungles of Central America and explore the ruins of the Mayan civilization. William Catherwood's drawings of many monumenst and buildings contributed enormously to the importance of the work. Stephens' work inspired generations of Mesoamerican scholars to preserve and explore these remarkable ruins. Catherwood's illustrations set the standard for archaeological illustration and in this case are the earliest and sometimes the only record these monuments. Stephens was appointed to a confidential American diplomatic mission to Central America in 1839. This popular travelogue describes events connected with the mission and Stephens' extensive travels in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and the Yucatan. Included are detailed descriptions and illustrations, after drawings made on the spot by Catherwood, of eight Mayan cities and their ruins. Sabin 91297. Smith S146. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Incidents of Travels in Central America, ...
Publisher: London: John Murray
Publication Date: 1841
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
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