AUCTION 23

 
 

German Stephens & Catherwood

 
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530. STEPHENS, John Lloyd. Begebenheiten Auf Einer Reise in Yucatan. Von John L. Stephens. Deutsch Von Dr. N.N.W. Meissner. Mit 116 Abbildungen, 10 Plänen und einer Karte von Yucatan. Leipzig: Dyk’sche Buchhandlung, 1853. Vol. I (text): [i-v] vi-xviii, [1] 2-438 pp., 1 folded engraved plate of Labna; Vol. II (atlas): 80 steel-engraved plates (7 folded with multiple images), folded engraved map (see below). 2 vols., 8vo (23 x 14.5 cm), later three-quarter green calf over beige cloth, raised bands, black leather spine labels lettered in copper. Spines faded. Vol. 1 title page slightly stained and dusty, some foxing to plates, four plates trimmed with some loss of captions. Ink signature of V. Metzger on title page and purple ink stamp of Königliches Gymnasium zu Wilhelmshaven Bibliothek on verso.

Map

Karte von Yucatan. Die Aussenlinie der Kúste ist von engl. und Span. Karten.... [below neat line at lower right] Stdr. J.G. Fritzsche, Lpzg. Neat line to neat line: 27.5 x 32.5 cm.

     First German edition. Palau 322327 (8 plates, 2 folded, 1 folded map, 6 plans). Sabin 91296 (78 plates, ten of which are folded, folded map, and 6 plans). National Library of Bavaria has two copies, one with 83 plates and another copy with only 77 plates. According to the plate list on pp. xv-xviii in the text volume, everything called for is present. The plates are re-engravings after the first edition and evoke a Teutonic sensibility. Some are signed A. Schute. A rare edition. Few institutional copies reported and no copies at auction in the past thirty years.

     With this set is Stephens’ Reiseerlebnisse in Centralamerika, Chiapas und Yucatan. Von John L. Stephens, Esq., Verfasser Der “Reiseerlebnisse in Eagypten, Arabia Petraea und dem Heiligen Lande.” Nach Der Zwölften Auflage ins Deutsche übertragen von Eduard Hoepfner. Mit einer Karte, Plänen und zablreicheu Illustrationen. Leipzig: Dyk’sche Buchhandlung, [colophon: Druck von Alexander Wiede in Leipzig], 1854. [i-iii] iv-xiv, [1] 2-554 pp., 14 (of 59) plates, 1 engraved map (Reisekarte durch Central America, Chiapas & Yucatan). 8vo (23 x 14 cm), recent three-quarter green calf over beige cloth, raised bands, leather spine labels lettered in copper. Spine faded to tan. Two plates reattached with cloth tape, some foxing to plates and map, otherwise very good. Ink signature of V. Metzger on title page and purple ink stamp of Königliches Gymnasium zu Wilhelmshaven Bibliothek on verso. First German edition. Palau 322328. Sabin 91300 (calling for 59 plates, 10 of which are folded, and a map). This is the companion volume to his 1853 Begebenheiten auf einer Reise in Yucatan above.

Dumbarton Oaks, p. 29: “Finding earlier representations lacking, Stephens and Catherwood sought to create accurate and complete illustrations, and spent ten months among the Maya documenting the remains of ancient centers. The numerous fine engravings, such as the view of the palace at Palenque were certainly part of the book’s appeal. Ruins were first ‘scrubbed and cleaned’ and, then, drawn in the field by Catherwood using a camera lucida.”

($250-450)

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