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Title Journal et nottes [sic] du voyage aux ruines del Palenque [manuscript]
Author Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875)
Document Type Manuscript; Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Waldeck’s transcription of his notes on his travels and research in Palenque and the Yucatán between 1832 and 1836 (some of which may also be found in his Journal No. 24), with some changes, additions, and deletions. Waldeck describes the architecture and construction of Mayan structures at Palenque--temples, palaces, towers, houses, and pyramids--analyzing their relief sculptures, medallions, niches, and large figures. Throughout the notes he reflects on the origin and nature of the Mayan civilization, and refers to related drawings by including the corresponding plate numbers. There is also an inventory of drawings he completed after he left Mexico in 1837, and a chapter on natural history, dealing with the physical aspects of the Indians and with the animals and insects he encounters. Waldeck includes population charts, glossaries, and newspaper clippings. The final section, dated 1837, in Paris, contains an explanation of a manuscript from the University of Mexico on the migration of the Mexican Indians; notes on the similarities between ancient Mexican art and mythology and that of Egypt and Babylonia; and comments of Sept. 23, 1853 on a visit with J.L. Stephens, author of Incidents of travel in the Yucatán, and engraver Frederick Catherwood.
Names Stephens, John Lloyd (1805-1852); Catherwood, Frederick
Places Mérida, Cozumel, Uxmal, Campeche, Palenque, Yucatán, Mexico
Keywords art, travel, discovery, expedition, Mexican, observation, ethnography, mythology, folklore, religion, history, custom, culture, population, migrant
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language French
Additional Information French traveller, painter, 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 after his return to 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 1263
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue