Incidents of Travel in Yucatan Vol II

Incidents of Travel in Yucatan Vol II
According the the preface of the first volume, the intention of this two part survey of the Yucatan peninsula was "to make a more thorough exploration of the ruins" found there. The intentions of the author, John L. Stephens, then, are more academic than for the primary sake of personal gain or exploitation.

Stephens was well experienced in anthropological study, having published other books similar to this such as "Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land," "Incidents of Travel in Central America," and others. His surveys of lands foreign to him were more palpable to a general English audience as he recounts his studies in a narrative structure.

Despite his academic intentions of neutrality, Stephens' language is ethnocentric at times in the way he refers to indigenous people he interacts with. Such biases are difficult to part with, but reflect the ever-present sentiments of colonial thought held in Western perspectives.
Date Created
1858 AD
John L. Stephens
Harper & Brothers
Geographical Coverage
Temporal Coverage
19th Century
Collecting Areas
History of Writing Collection
Presented by: John F. Evans
In memory of: J. Fred Evans
"Shepard Book Company 'Ye Old Booke Shoppe' Salt Lake City, Utah" sticker on the bottom right corner of the verso side of the front cover
"[? ? ? ?] J W Moore" written on the top of the title page
Anthropological study
Bibliographic Citation
Stephens, John L., 1805-1852. Incidents of travel in Yucatan. By John L. Stephens. Illustrated by 120 engravings. Vol. 2. 2 Vol. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1858.

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