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Antiquites mexicaines : relation des trois expeditions du colonel Dupaix, ordonnees en 1805, 1806, et 1807, par le roi Charles IV, pour la recherche des antiquites du pays, notamment celles de Mitla et de Palenque

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avec les dessins de Castaneda, dessinateur end chef de trois expeditions et du Musee de Mexico, et une carte du pays explores, suivie d'un parallele de ces monuments avec ceux de l'egypte et de l'Inde, par M. Lenoir, createur du Musee des monuments francais, d'une dissertation sur l'origine et sur la linguistique des populations primitives des deux ameriques, d'un historique des diverses antiquites et des fossiles du double continent, par M. Warden, ancien consul-general des Etats-Unis, correspondant de l'institut de France, avec un discours preliminaire des travaux et documents divers, MM. de Chateaubriand, Farcy, Galindo, de Humboldt et de St. Priest, et plusieurs autres voyageurs qui ont visite l'Amerique.


Date: 1844



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Dupaix, Guillermo. Antiquites Mexicaines. Paris: Au Bureau des Antiquits Mexicaine, 1834.. 1844.


Dupaix, Guillermo (1844) Antiquites Mexicaines. Paris: Au Bureau des Antiquits Mexicaine, 1834..


Dupaix, Guillermo, Antiquites Mexicaines. Paris: Au Bureau des Antiquits Mexicaine, 1834.. 1844.


Between 1805 and 1807, retired Spanish army captain Guillermo Dupaix set out on three archaeological expeditions at the behest of King Carlos IV of Spain accompanied by a phalanx of cavalry and the artist Jose Castaneda. They documented the ruins of Palenque, Mitla as well as other structures and these represent some of the earliest published images of Maya architecture.

However, the work of Dupaix and Castaneda seems to have been largely forgotten in the turmoil of the Peninsula War. It was not until years later when the manuscripts and illustrations turned up in France were they later published. In fact, another one of Dupiax's works would not be published until 1969 in Madrid over 250 years after the fact.

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Edward King, Viscount Kingsborough also published a translation of the journal in 1831 at the beginning of his Antiquities along with a selection of images, but this work appeared the same year in full. The book also contains a wealth of supplementary and comparative material. The illustrations are especially valuable for their detail as war and successive explorers have burned the jungle surrounding the monuments causing damage to many monuments.

This work is also important as an indispensable supplement to Humboldt's Voyage dans l'Amerique as it contains many interesting discoveries not found in this work.

Edited by H. Baradere

Some copies are hand-colored, others are not. In this copy the plates are bound in with the text; initially the plates have been issued in a separate volume. There is no general title page in volume 2; the contributions of Lenoir and Warden have special title pages and separate paging. Volume 2 is dated 1834 and appears to be part of the original issue

Reissue of the text volume, published in 1833 and the first edition of the plate volume, dated 1834; the original issue is described in Sabin (40038)

Includes bibliographical references

Pagination, tome 1: xiv, 20, 56, 40, 88, [4] pages; tome 2: 82, 224, [4] pages; plates: tome 1: frontispiece, XXXII, LXIX, XLVI [i.e. 44], IX leaves of plates; tome 2: X [i.e. 7] leaves of plates


Leclerc 1065; Palau 13, 069; Sabin 40038

Edison, "Colonial Prospecting in Independent Mexico: Abbe Baradere's Antiquites mexicaines (1834-36),"

Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, 32 (2004); Evans, Romancing the Maya: Mexican antiquity in the American imagination, 1820-1915 (University of Texas Press, 2004).

Publication Information

Publisher: Paris: Au Bureau des Antiquits Mexicaine, 1834.



Pages: 540


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ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-04-08

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