Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Vols. I and II

Cosimo Classics #ad - Originally published in two volumes in 1841-and followed up by 1843's Incidents of Travel in Yucatan also available from Cosimo-Stephen's enthralling exploits introduced American and European readers to the mysteries of the Maya sites. The freshness of the morning was delightful. Daylight broke upon us in a forest of gigantic trees, from seventy-five to a hundred feet high, and from twenty to twenty-five feet in circumference, with creepers winding around their trunks and hanging from the branches.

He turned his real-life adventures in the jungles and villages of that fabled land into this classic of travel literature. We passed a trapiche or sugar-mill, four leagues distant, worked by oxen, built in a clearing cut out of the woods, and before daylight reached the village of Masagua, at the entrance of which we stopped under a grove of orange-trees, and by the light of the moon filled our pockets and alforgas with the shining fruit.

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Vols. I and II #ad - The road was level and wooded. From chapter xiii as a special ambassador to central america in 1839, explored mayan ruins, American diplomat and writer JOHN LLOYD STEPHENS 1805-1852 witnessed civil war, and even bought a city for $50. Complemented by beautiful illustrations by english artist and architect FREDERICK CATHERWOOD 1799-1854, also included in this new edition, Stephens' evocative prose reads like the best adventure fiction, and continues to delight readers today.

At two o'clock, under a brilliant moonlight, and with a single guide, we started for the Pacific. The road was merely a path through the forest, formed by cutting away shrubs and branches.


Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vols. I and II Cosimo Classics

Cosimo Classics #ad - Complete with all the beautiful original illustrations by english artist and architect FREDERICK CATHERWOOD 1799–1854, this is essential reading for those fascinated by Mesoamerican culture as well as those under the thrall of an itch to see the world. With a wandering spirit mellowed by an analytic eye, riveting armchair explorers with his lyrical account of visits to 44 Maya sites, American diplomat and writer JOHN LLOYD STEPHENS 1805–1852 introduced Westerners to the mysteries of the Yucatan in this contemporary bestseller, including the then-unknown Chichen Itza and Uxmal.

Edgar allan poe called it “perhaps the most interesting travel book ever published. Here, complete in one volume, is the classic real-life adventure―originally published across two volumes in 1841―that mesmerized readers with its evocative descriptions of journeys in Mesoamerica.


Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey of John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

William Morrow Paperbacks #ad - At their peak, an estimated ten million people occupied the Maya’s heartland on the Yucatan Peninsula, a region where only half a million now live. In 1839, rumors of extraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the world’s most intrepid travelers.

. Over the next millennium, each governed by powerful lords, dozens of city-states evolved, some with populations larger than any city in Europe at the time, and connected by road-like causeways of crushed stone. They created stucco and stone monuments and bas reliefs, sculpting figures and hieroglyphs with refined artistic skill.

Includes the history of the major Maya sites, Copan, Uxmal, Tuloom, including Palenque, Chichen Itza, and more. New york times bestseller • illustrated with a map and more than 100 images. Most important, stephens and catherwood were the first to grasp the significance of the Maya remains, understanding that their antiquity and sophistication overturned the West’s assumptions about the development of civilization.

Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey of John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya #ad - By the time of the flowering of classical Greece 400 b. C. The maya were already constructing pyramids and temples around central plazas. Seized by the reports, american diplomat john lloyd stephens and british artist Frederick Catherwood—both already celebrated for their adventures in Egypt, Greece, the Holy Land, and Rome—sailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.

The maya developed a cohesive, a creation story, an array of common gods, unified cosmology, and a shared artistic and architectural vision.


The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

Grand Central Publishing #ad - In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, lost civilization. Venturing into this raw, jaguars, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, disease-carrying insects, quickmud, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, and deadly snakes.

In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, a highly advanced, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. P. P1 {margin: 00px 00px 00px 00px; font: 11. 0px helvetica} span. S1 {font-kerning: none} Morrow.

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story #ad - . Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. But it wasn't until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.

Suspenseful and shocking, the lost city of the monkey god is the absolutely true, hair-raising adventure, filled with colorful history, and dramatic twists of fortune, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.


The Maya Ninth edition Ancient Peoples and Places

Thames & Hudson #ad - Coe and houston update this classic by distilling the latest scholarship for the general reader and student. 213 illustrations, 28 in color Morrow. Thames Hudson. Dramatic refinements in our understanding of the pace of developments of the Maya civilization have led scholars to perceive a pattern of rapid bursts of building and political formation.

Other finds include the discovery of the earliest known occupant of the region, recovered from an underwater cavern in the Yucatan peninsula, the Hoyo Negro girl, along with new evidence for the first architecture at Ceibal. Among the finest new discoveries are spectacular stucco sculptures at El Zotz and Holmul, which reveal surprising aspects of Maya royalty and the founding of dynasties.

The Maya Ninth edition Ancient Peoples and Places #ad - The gold standard of introductory books on the ancient Maya. Expeditionthe maya has long been established as the best, most readable introduction to the New World’s greatest ancient civilization. This new edition incorporates the most recent archaeological and epigraphic research, which continues to proceed at a fast pace.


A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

William Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Fagan, " says evon vogt, a forest of kings is "a must for interested readers, author of People of the Earth, professor of anthropology at Harvard University. Here the great historic rulers of pre-Columbian civilization come to life again with the decipherment of their writing. Hailed as "a rosetta stone of Maya civilization" Brian M.

Morrow. William Morrow Paperbacks. In this book, two of the first central figures in the massive effort to decode the glyphs, Linda Schele and David Freidel, make this history available in all its detail. A forest of kings is the story of maya kingship, from the beginning of its institution and the first great pyramid builders two thousand years ago to the decline of Maya civilization and its destruction by the Spanish.

A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya #ad - Thames Hudson. At its height, maya civilization flourished under great kings like Shield-Jaguar, who ruled for more than sixty years, expanding his kingdom and building some of the most impressive works of architecture in the ancient world. The recent interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs has given us the first written history of the New World as it existed before the European invasion.

Long placed on a mist-shrouded pedestal as austere, peaceful stargazers, the Maya elites are now known to have been the rulers of populous, aggressive city-states.


Breaking the Maya Code Third Edition

Thames & Hudson #ad - Thames Hudson. There is now compelling documentary and historical evidence bearing on the question of why and how the “breaking of the Maya code” was the achievement of Yuri V. It includes iconographic and epigraphic investigations into how the Classic Maya perceived and recorded the human senses, a previously unknown realm of ancient Maya thought and perception.

In the past dozen years, in part due to the internet, mexico, guatemala, which has made possible the truly international scope of hieroglyphic scholarship: glyphic experts can be found not only in North America, Maya decipherment has made great strides, and western Europe but also in Russia and the countries of eastern Europe.

112 black-and-white illustrations Morrow. The third edition of this classic book takes up the thorny question of when and where the Maya script first appeared in the archaeological record, and describes efforts to decipher its meaning on the extremely early murals of San Bartolo. William Morrow Paperbacks.

Breaking the Maya Code Third Edition #ad - The inside story of one of the great intellectual breakthroughs of our time―the first great decipherment of an ancient script―now revised and updated. Knorosov―a soviet citizen totally isolated behind the Iron Curtain―and not of the leading Maya scholar of his day, Sir Eric Thompson. What does it take to make such a breakthrough, with a script of such complexity as the Maya? We now have some answers, as Michael Coe demonstrates here.


The Lost Cities of the Maya: The Life, Art, and Discoveries of Frederick Catherwood

White Star Publishers #ad - More than 200 reproductions of Catherwood's original drawings appear throughout, including a rare color portfolio considered his finest work. In 1839, fabulous temples, were the first westerners to view the immense terraces, British artist Frederick Catherwood and his American companion, John Lloyd Stephans, and elaborate palaces of the Mayans' lost cities.

Through their published journals, enhanced by extensive research, Fabio Bourbon has pieced together Catherwood's fascinating and mysterious life—including his other expeditions to Egypt, Central America, and California. Thames Hudson. William Morrow Paperbacks. Morrow.


Reading the Maya Glyphs, Second Edition

Thames & Hudson #ad - William Morrow Paperbacks. Illustrated in two colors throughout Morrow. For the second edition, the authors have taken the latest research and breakthroughs into account, updating captions, adding glyphs, and reinterpreting or expanding upon earlier decipherments. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a syllabary, a lexicon, and translation exercises.

. Thames Hudson. After an introductory discussion of maya culture and history and the nature of the Maya script, dynastic names, ceramics, warfare, the authors introduce the glyphs in a series of chapters that elaborate on topics such as the intricate calendar, royal lives and rituals, relationships, politics, and the supernatural world.

Decipherment of maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written texts―whether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramics―can now be read with confidence. The breaking of the maya code has completely changed our knowledge of this ancient civilization, and has revealed the Maya people's long and vivid history.

Reading the Maya Glyphs, Second Edition #ad - They decipher real maya texts, the pronunciation, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. Coe, the noted mayanist, have made the difficult, and Mark Van Stone, an accomplished calligrapher, often mysterious script accessible to the nonspecialist.

In this practical guide, first published in 2001, Michael D.