Views of ancient monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan
Frederick Catherwood. London, 1844.
"Before Indiana Jones stirred our imagination about lost civilizations and their treasures, there were Frederick Catherwood and John Lloyd Stephens, whose explorations of the Maya ruins of Central America, Chiapas, and the Yucatan excited the Anglo-American world in the middle of the 19th century and helped spur the rediscovery of the Maya among the non–romance language nations. And it was Catherwood’s illustrations that fixed forever what the temples and other buildings looked like to the Victorian-era and later visitors to the area. "
B-A Note: This belongs more in an art or illustration blog, perhaps. The illustrations have been expertly bound into a single volume. I recommend clicking through to the website for several beautiful illustrations, if you have an interest in ancient Central American history and architecture.
Here’s one plate: