Travel in Central America, Cuba and Yucatan. Paris, Gide and Baudry, 1857.
Two volumes in one volume in-8 of (2) ff, 337 pp., (3) ff, 324 pp., (3) ff, a map, contemporary binding in tobacco half-shell, decorated spine, gilt edges.
Large folding map of Yucatan and Guatemala, wood engraved in text at the beginning of the chapters.
From November 1846 to February 1848, the naturalist Arthur Morelet explored the still unknown Indian regions of Yucatan, divided between Mexico and Guatemala.
"The Tierra de Guerra of the time of Las Casas remained for three centuries not only the land of war, but the land of mystery. A vast tract of territory in Guatemala, inhabited by the fierce Itzas and
Locandons, whose wars are recorded by Villaguatierre, was for the first time visited by a peaceful traveler in 1846. The adventurous Frenchman, whose literary thirst impelled him to explore this mysterious country, recorded his observations in a manner which entitles them to more credence than could be fairly claimed by many of his countrymen" (Field, quoted by Sabin).
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