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Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vols. I and II (Cosimo Classics) Paperback – November 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1605203799 ISBN-10: 1605203793

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Product Details

  • Series: Cosimo Classics
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605203793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605203799
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wish i would have read this book first before getting into them.
Joshua L. Peterson
If you are wanting to explore back in time, this book is a great read - it is not dry or boring, but highly engaging and verbally kaleidoscopic.
Cat Maclachlan
Anyone interested in historical documents of travel during the early 1800's should read this!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joshua L. Peterson on August 14, 2009
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I bought the first book on its own because i didnt know how i was gonna like it. Vol. one and two are an awesome read. Besides the ruins John does a great job painting a picture of how the Yucatan was leading up to the Caste War. Wish i would have read this book first before getting into them. It's really hard to put his books down once ya get hooked. One thing id suggest if your really into the Maya and or just love the Yucatan is buy a couple good maps of the peninsula like i did (from here at Amazon, look in my reviews to see the maps ive bought) and have them next to you so you can have a better idea just where they have been and where there headed next. I think it makes the book a hundered percent better and it slows you down so you can enjoy the book even longer. If you liked the Indiana Jones movies your gonna love this book. John is quite a character when he's not checking out the ruins and your sure to smile if not laugh.

Heres the two maps i have with me when this book is open: Laminated Yucatan Map by Borch, and Waterproof Yucatan Map by ITMB (International Travel Regional Maps: Yucatan)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Howard Gradet on September 28, 2009
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For anyone interested in Maya archaeology in general, and the Maya in Yucatan in particular, this book is a must-have. Stephens' writing is clear and often funny, though it's impossible not to shudder at the paternalistic attitudes he expresses toward the "natives" and his devil-may-care methods of ripping carvings out of the temples and palaces he explores.

I'm reading the book while preparing for a trip to visit Maya sites in the Yucatan; I will probably read it again when I'm back because it's that good.

A word on this edition: Cosimo Classics (never heard of 'em before now) should be showered with prizes for the quality of their publications if this is any indication of the series. Beautifully printed on really fine paper, with excellent reproduction of Catherwood's art.

Joshua Peterson's review suggests maps that are worth getting; he's right, a good map would help, and Stephens didn't include one. But another book that I find very useful is Fabio Bourbon's The Lost Cities of the Mayas (Abbeville Press, available here at Amazon). Bourbon retells Stephens and Catherwood's story, with Catherwood's art reproduced in color. The other useful aspect of Bourbon's book is that he organizes his text by site, giving each one its modern name. A great resource.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken on August 25, 2010
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Own a first edition of IOT in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan, Vol I & II, excellent condition but @ 169 years old, figured a readers copy would be... wise; now surprised, more confused at the moment, maybe someone, an expert, might clear this up. This COSIMO CLASSICS version does not track the First Edition which starts with JLS leaving on October 3rd, 1839 aboard British brig 'Mary Ann' for the Bay of Honduras; on page ten he announces "At seven oclock the next morning we saw Balize," -- and this wonderful adventure begins there.

In the COSIMO CLASSICS, Chapter I, [begins]--- The reader of my "Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan," may remember* that the researches of Mr. Catherwood and myself in the last mentioned country were abruptly terminated by the illness of the former---.*

And goes on to tell a tale of his trip on the 'Tennessee', a down-easter of two hundred and sixty tons... arriving in the port of Sisal, [Yucatan not Balize] then go on to Merida [also Yucatan].

The writing and story are excellent, almost might seem to be an abridged version of the First Edition, but the COSIMO CLASICS version doesn't claim to be abridged, feels like a second expedition*; did they [J.L.S & F.C.] go back, arriving in Sisal, Yucatan, after publishing the first Edition?

No complaints, good authentic writing [in both] and agree, this is like reading a novel with characters right out of Indiana Jones... curious discrepancy, anyone?

Lover of old books.
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By Old Fogey on November 27, 2014
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On my trip to the Yucatan the guides kept producing copies of pictures from this book to show what the archeological sites looked like when the Europeans arrived. They said this was the book which introduced the Mayans to the world. I was intrigued, and bought the book. It's a great read. The language is conversational, and has not faded over the (almost) 2 centuries since it was written. It's like listening to a good storyteller. I must mention the illustrator (Frederick Catherwood) - the sketches are totally lifelike. Anybody who has been to the Mayan cities of the Yucatan will have no problems in recognising the sketches, and seeing details in them that they probably missed themselves. As an aside, I realised only when reading this that it's the second book JLS and FC wrote on their travels. I will be buying "Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Vols. I and II", which describes the pair's first trip, soon.
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I would highly recommend this two-volume book for anyone interested in retracing the early steps of explorers and travelers in South America. This is a virtual 'gold mine' of information and data, that I found missing in the newer travelers books. In this case, the older information was better, to prepare me for my several trips to South American and Central American explorations and studies. A bit bulky for a suitcase, I suggest it be studied before traveling. Very informative and entertaining at the same time:-)
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