OUTLINE MAP OF CENTRAL AMERICA & YUCATAN SHEWING THE SITUATION OF THE RUINED CITIES & MONUMENTS VISITED BY MESSRS. STEPHENS & CATHERWOOD IN THE YEARS 1839. 1840. 1841. 1842.

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Frederick Catherwood

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Outline Map of Central America & Yucatan Shewing the Situation of the Ruined Cities & Monuments Visited by Messrs. Stephens & Catherwood in the Years 1839. 1840. 1841. 1842.

Two color lithograph, 1844.
Image size 14 x 12" (35.5 x 30.5 cm)
Good condition save for occasional fox mark.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93422
Price: $450.00
Publisher : Published in London by the artist..
A beautiful map of Central America and the Yucatan peninsula, also including Chiapas, Guatemala, Honduras, and present-day Belize and El Salvador. The map is from the English artist and architect Frederick Catherwood’s landmark 1844 book “Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan.” The book was a collection of lithographs Catherwood drew detailing the sites he visited during a trip with the American explorer and writer John Lloyd Stephens. Catherwood and Stephens’ trip was famous for its comprehensive documentation of Mayan ruins and civilization. The two explorers ventured through relatively unmapped jungle territory to search for ancient Mayan sites, covering the area from Copan to Chichen Itza.

The map is printed in two colors; physical features and names of states are detailed in black, while red dotted lines and place names mark Catherwood and Stephens’ route around the peninsula. The map also notes rivers, lakes, islands, ports, districts, villages and towns, and includes commentary on the inhabitation of certain areas. Overall, this is a fascinating map which provides insight into the groundbreaking journey of two explorers, whose observations have formed a crucial part of the body of research and spread of public interest in Mayan civilization.
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