CATHERWOOD, Frederick (1799-1854) Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan. London: F Catherwood, 1844.
2o (540 x 370 mm). Letterpress dedication, 24pp. text. Chromolithographic mosaic-bordered title by Owen Jones and 25 tinted lithographic plates, one leaf with two plates, after Catherwood by Andrew Picken, Henry Warren, William Parrott, John C. Bourne, Thomas Shotter Boys and George Belton Moore, one map. (Some spotting, chipping to edges, loose in binding.) Contemporary quarter morocco, gilt-titled on cover and spine (worn). Provenance: Western Reserve Historical Society (bookplate, inkstamp and manuscript numbering on title, manuscript numbering on versos not affecting images).
FIRST EDITION LIMITED TO 300 COPIES. John Lloyd Stephens (1805-1852) was inspired by the accounts of the ruins of the ancient Central American civilizations published by Antonio del Rio, Guillaume Dupaix and Frederick de Waldeck between 1822 and 1838. Catherwood, an English artist and architect, accompanied Stephens on two journeys totalling more than 3,000 miles to 44 archaeological sites in Honduras, Guatemala and Yucatan between 1839 and 1841. Stephens published two very successful accounts of the travels in 1841 and 1843 (both 2 volumes, 8o, with plates after Catherwood).
This very rare work is Catherwood's selection of the best and most interesting views, transferred to stone by some of the foremost lithographers of their day. The work was published in both New York (by Barlet and Welford) and London, and priced at 5 guineas for the uncolored issue and 12 guineas for the colored issue. The size and format of the text leaves suggests that the purchaser was given the option of having the text bound with the plates. Hill p.47; Palau 50290; Sabin 11520; Tooley 133; Von Hagen Search for the Maya. The Story of Stephens and Catherwood, Farnborough, 1973, pp.320-324. Sold not subject to return.