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Voyage pittoresque et archeologique dans la province d'Yucatan (Amerique Centrale), pendant les annees 1834 et 1836

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de Waldeck, Jean Frederic. Voyage Pittoresque et Archeologique dans la Province d'Yucatan. Paris : Bellizard Dufour et co, editeurs, rue de Verneuil, 1 bis ; A Londres : Chez J. et W. Boone, 29, New-Bond-Street, Bossange Barths et Lowell, 14, Great-Marlborough-Street. 1838.

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de Waldeck, Jean Frederic (1838) Voyage Pittoresque et Archeologique dans la Province d'Yucatan. Paris : Bellizard Dufour et co, editeurs, rue de Verneuil, 1 bis ; A Londres : Chez J. et W. Boone, 29, New-Bond-Street, Bossange Barths et Lowell, 14, Great-Marlborough-Street.

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de Waldeck, Jean Frederic, Voyage Pittoresque et Archeologique dans la Province d'Yucatan. Paris : Bellizard Dufour et co, editeurs, rue de Verneuil, 1 bis ; A Londres : Chez J. et W. Boone, 29, New-Bond-Street, Bossange Barths et Lowell, 14, Great-Marlborough-Street. 1838.

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This work was to have been the third of three volumes on Mesoamerica based on Jean Frederic Maximilien, comte de Waldeck's twelve-year residence in that country and the only of them ever published. It was produced in two issues, hand colored and uncolored. In London, where Waldeck executed the illustrations for the Rio book, he met Irish antiquarian Lord Kingsborough, who would later produce a nine-volume work on The Antiquities of Mexico (1829-1848).

Kingsborough funded Waldeck's travel to Mexico, where he delineated the ruins, especially in Uxmal. Waldeck was influenced by Kingsborough's belief that Mexico's monuments had been created by the Lost Tribes of Israel. And his image of the Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal, which he names the Pyramid of Kingsborough, is clearly influenced by his knowledge of Egyptian art and architecture.

This volume appeared first, and hurriedly, in order to forestall piracy of Waldeck's drawings and notes, a large quantity of which had been confiscated by the Mexican authorities prior to his departure for Europe. In addition to archaeological renderings, the book included six depictions of native types in landscape settings, in keeping with the "picturesque voyage" genre.

Jean Frederick Waldeck was a born adventurer: during his teens he accompanied Levaillant to Southern Africa. He joined Napoleon's army of Italy in 1794 after the siege of Toulon. In 1798 he accompanied the expedition to Egypt, and then changed his mind and took part in an expedition to cross the Dongola desert (he was the only member to survive). In 1820 he set off for Mauritius, then on to Chile and Guatemala, later returning to central America.

In Mexico, Waldeck worked as engineer for a silver mining project for a while, and then went on to visit the Toltec and Aztec ruins. In 1826, the government of France granted him pension money of 2000 francs, which allowed Waldeck to continue his studies and fieldwork. He examined the ruins of Palenque, remaining in the area for about two years. Unfortunately, just before embarking for Europe, he had the majority of his research documents and drawings confiscated.

Includes map and plates numbered II-XXII; plates X, XI and XIII on double leaves, plates XV-XVI on single leaf. The plates are engravings and lithographs. The lithography is by Lemercier, Benard et Cie.

Folio (560 x 404mm.)

Engraved frontispiece map, outline (some hand-coloured), title with engraved vignette on india paper.

20 plates and plans, comprising 6 lithographic costume plates, 4 lithographic plates of antiquities (some hand-coloured), 5 un-coloured engraved plans and plates on india paper, 2 double-page, and 5 lithographic plans (some hand-coloured) and measured drawings, one double-page.

References:

BAL RIBA 3563; Brunet V:1402; Palau 373688; Sabin 100994; Brasseur de Bourbourg, Bibl. Mexico-Guatemalienne, p.155; Bobins 824.

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Publisher: Paris : Bellizard Dufour et co, editeurs, rue de Verneuil, 1 bis ; A Londres : Chez J. et W. Boone, 29, New-Bond-Street, Bossange Barths et Lowell, 14, Great-Marlborough-Street

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French

Pages: 188

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Getty Research Institute

ISBN-10: N/A

Date Added: 2019-04-08

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