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Title Notes et traditions no. 2 [manuscript]: recueillies d’apres les auteurs Espagnoles et indigenes de l’Amérique Centrale, sur l’origine de sa première civilisation...
Author Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Waldeck’s journal of notes (some of which also appear in Journal No. 26 of 1842) pertaining to the early civilizations of the Yucatán, Chiapas, and Central America, and to his affairs in Paris, probably compiled between 1864 and 1867. Waldeck begins with notes on the origins of the earliest civilizations in the Yucatán and Central America. Some of the articles dealing with Indian languages contain Mayan and Aztec word lists, while others explain Indian mythology and the Mayan calendar. As Waldeck describes various sculptures or architectural details of the ruins at Copán or Palenque, often with a corresponding plate number or small sketches in pen, he includes details on the names, characteristics, and powers of the Indian gods. There are some brief notations on the natural history of the area, and an account of his visit to Cozumel. In addition, Waldeck critiques the J.L. Stephens work on Central America illustrated by Frederick Catherwood, and offers clarifications and corrections of the text written by Abbé Brasseur which accompanied the publication of Waldeck’s drawings in 1866.
Names Stephens, John Lloyd (1805-1852); Catherwood, Frederick; Brasseur, Abbé
Places Cozumel, Palenque, Yucatán, Chiapas, Mexico; Paris, France; Copán, Honduras
Keywords art, travel, discovery, expedition, Mexican, observation, ethnography, mythology, folklore, religion, history, custom, culture, language, vocabulary
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 1262
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue