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Incidents of Travel in Yucatan: v. 1 Paperback – 28 Mar 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (28 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486209261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486209265
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,885,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published.”—Edgar Allen Poe
“Through Stephens’s eyes, readers see Yucatan villages of 150 years ago, when Indians used cacao beans instead of money in their marketplaces; a Catholic/indigenous hybrid funeral that seems no more barbaric than the crude medical treatments rendered by another of Stephens’s travel companions, Dr. Cabot, on their Mayan guides. One of the first to acknowledge that indigenous Americans might have built the great American pyramids and temples, not Egyptians, Greeks or one of the lost tribes of Israel, Stephens voiced a rare, nonjudgmental viewpoint in a time when European cultural elitism was the unquestioned norm. Not just a curiosity for archeology buffs or cultural studies types, this is also an informative, intriguing guide for armchair travelers.”—"Publishers Weekly"

"Perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published."--Edgar Allen Poe

"Through Stephens's eyes, readers see Yucatan villages of 150 years ago, when Indians used cacao beans instead of money in their marketplaces; a Catholic/indigenous hybrid funeral that seems no more barbaric than the crude medical treatments rendered by another of Stephens's travel companions, Dr. Cabot, on their Mayan guides. One of the first to acknowledge that indigenous Americans might have built the great American pyramids and temples, not Egyptians, Greeks or one of the lost tribes of Israel, Stephens voiced a rare, nonjudgmental viewpoint in a time when European cultural elitism was the unquestioned norm. Not just a curiosity for archeology buffs or cultural studies types, this is also an informative, intriguing guide for armchair travelers."--"Publishers Weekly"

Perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published. Edgar Allan Poe
Through Stephens s eyes, readers see Yucatan villages of 150 years ago, when Indians used cacao beans instead of money in their marketplaces; a Catholic/indigenous hybrid funeral that seems no more barbaric than the crude medical treatments rendered by another of Stephens s travel companions, Dr. Cabot, on their Mayan guides. One of the first to acknowledge that indigenous Americans might have built the great American pyramids and temples, not Egyptians, Greeks or one of the lost tribes of Israel, Stephens voiced a rare, nonjudgmental viewpoint in a time when European cultural elitism was the unquestioned norm. Not just a curiosity for archeology buffs or cultural studies types, this is also an informative, intriguing guide for armchair travelers. "Publishers Weekly"" --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.

About the Author

John Lloyd Stephens was an American explorer whose reports on long-forgotten Mayan ruins in Central America caused a resurgence of popular and scholarly interest in the ancient people. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Paperback.


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This is a facsinating book about John Loyd Stevens exploration of the ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of the Yucatan. I found it very readable, especially when you consider it was written 100 years ago. Catherwood's engravings of the ruins are an excellent glimps of what these ancient treasures looked liked at time of discovery. I also recomend: "A Tourist in the Yucatan" a mystery/thriller set in modern day Yucatan.
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By A Customer on 6 Dec. 1996
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This series of books has been in print for over 150 years! If that doesn't impress you, then Frederick Catherwood's drawings will. The writing is a little archaic by today's standards, but the tale is important history.
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