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Title Papers, [manuscript] 1825-1867 [1 of 3]
Author Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: [1 of 3] Waldeck’s notes, sketches, letters, and a catalog of drawings, dating from 1825-1867 and relating to his travels in Mexico, his ideas on the origins, history, and culture of the Indians of Mexico, and his collection of drawings of the ruins and antiquities of Palenque and other sites in the Yucatan peninsula. The bulk of the collection are Waldeck’s notes, most of which were intended for his never-published Encyclopédie archéologique, a comprehensive encyclopedia of Mexican antiquities which he was preparing during the years 1829-1832. They describe the layout at such sites as Palenque, Ocozinco, Labna, Tulum, Xochicalco, Teotihuacan, and Mayapán; the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the monuments, and the significance of certain gods, symbols and colors. Other topics include the Indian calendar, hieroglyphics, possible links with ancient cultures of India and Egypt, social customs, and natural history. Some notes comment on works by other authors, especially Stephens and Catherwood’s Incidents of travel, and Del Rio’s report of early excavations at Palenque. In addition, Waldeck discusses his own published works: Voyage pittoresque (1838) and his Palenque drawings, Monuments anciens du Mexique (1866). There is also a sketchbook containing landscapes, Indian motifs, and plans, and a small catalog of 129 drawings of Indian gods and dress.
Places Yucatán Peninsula, Chiapas, Palenque, Mexico
Keywords ruins, archaeology, travel, travelogue, art, language, social life, custom, tradition, culture, dress
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language French
Additional Information French traveller, artist, engraver, and Americanist. Waldeck, of German or Austrian origin, may have been born in Prague, Paris, or Vienna, in 1766. He travelled to Mexico in 1825 to work for a silver mining company, and later lived in Mexico City where he gave classes in painting and drawing. Throughout his travels in Mexico, he made drawings of the Indian antiquities and ruins, especially in Palenque and Uxmal between 1832 and 1835, and in 1837, back in Paris, where he spent the last 40 years of his life.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1268
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue