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Joshua J. Mark recommended this book on 09 July 2012
This book will be familiar to anyone who knows 19th century history, especially American history, in that it contributed greatly to the `Mayan Craze' which Stephen's and Catherwood's earlier work, Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan (1841) began. Incidents of Travel in Yucatan was published in 1843 to great acclaim and, like the earlier work, became a best seller. It excited the imagination of people around the world and, especially, the wealthy of the United States of America who wanted Maya ruins they could display on the grounds of their estates (a practice famously ridiculed by Mark Twain).
Incidents of Travel in Yucatan is a magnificent first-person narrative told by Stephens with enchanting lithographs done by Catherwood. The illustrations complement the text perfectly in that the atmosphere of the jungle and the silence of the ruins found in their midst is mirrored in Catherwood's pictures. Excellent work. Highly recommended.