STEPHENS, John Lloyd (1805-1852). Incidents of Travel in Yucatan. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1843.

$ 700.00

2 volumes. 8vo., (8 6/8 x 5 4/8 inches). Folding engraved frontispiece in each volume, folding map in volume one (a bit spotted), 64 full-page plates, and numerous engraved illustrations in the text, including ten full-page all after Frederick Catherwood (some occasional spotting). Original purple cloth, gilt-decorated on front covers and spines (spines faded and worn with minor loss at the head and foot of the spine).

First American edition of Stephens's companion volume to "Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan" first published in 1841: "Stephens provided accurate, detailed descriptions of the ruins, and he was the first to establish that the many Mayan sites were part of a single civilization that existed up to the time of the Spanish conquest and that the Indians were the direct descendants of that civilization" (ANB). Sabin 91299.