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Title Nottes [sic] sur différens points qui dépendent de mon ouvrage de Mexico [manuscript]: et de continuation de mes recherches a mon départ pour le Yucatan 1834
Author Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Volume 25 of Waldeck’s notebooks, containing comments and observations on topics pertaining to Aztec and Mayan culture, compiled in 1834 in preparation for his upcoming trip to the Yucatan, with additions and corrections from 1835-1837. There are brief notes on subjects such as taxidermy, the compass, migration theories explaining the Asian characteristics of the Aztecs and Toltecs, symbolic animals and colors, and masques. Waldeck discusses Aztec language and hieroglyphics, their similarities with Egyptian symbols, and their appearance in various codexes; and explains various Aztec deities, providing lists of their Greek counterparts, a genealogical table of the gods (p. [62]), and sketches. He comments at length on Juarros’ study of Guatemala, and critiques the theories of Baron von Humboldt throughout. Also included are sections on Indian physionomy, sacrifices, feather art, sculpture and architecture.
Names Juarros, Domingo (1752-1820); Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)
Places Palenque, Campeche, Mexico
Keywords art, travel, discovery, expedition, Mexican, observation, ethnography, mythology, folklore, religion, history, custom, culture, migrant, language
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 1265
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue