Unearthing the Maya: Highlights of the Stuart Collection

Exhibition Checklist

This checklist is only a partial record of the exhibition. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials are from the Stuart Collection in Wilson Library. Authors’ names have been standardized to reflect their most common appearance. All items are first editions unless otherwise indicated.


    Case 1

  1. Landa, Diego de. Relation des choses de Yucatan. Translated and with an introduction by the Abbé [Charles-Étienne] Brasseur de Bourbourg. Paris: Arthus Bertrand; London: Trübner & Co., 1864.
  2. Landa, Diego de. Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. Translated with notes by William Gates. Baltimore: The Maya Society, 1937. Copy no. 33 of 80 on Whatman paper. With bookplate of William Frederick Friedman and Elizebeth Smith Friedman.
  3. López de Cogolludo, Diego. Historia de Yucathan. Madrid: Juan Garcia Infanzon, 1688. From the Bernard J. Flatow Collection, Rare Book Collection.
  4. Calderón, José Antonio. Descripción del terreno y población antigua nuevamente descubierta en las inmediaciones del pueblo de Palenque. [Madrid: Testimonio], 1993. Facsimile of the manuscript in the Real Academia de la Historia, Spain: Colección Muñoz, signatura A/118 dentro de esta colección, signatura 9/4853 general de la Academia, folio 186 al 209. No. 168 of a limited edition of 980 numbered copies.
  5. Del Río, Antonio and Paul Felix Cabrera. Description of the Ruins of an Ancient City, discovered near Palenque, in the Kingdom of Guatemala, in Spanish America: Translated from the original manuscript report of Captain Don Antonio del Río: followed by Teatro Critico Americano; or a Critical Investigation and Research into the History of the Americans, by Dr. Paul Felix Cabrera, of the City of New Guatemala. London: Henry Berthoud...and Suttaby, Evance and Fox, 1822. Loaned for the exhibition by David Stuart.
  6. Villagutierre Soto-Mayor, Juan de. Historia de la conquista de la provincia de el Itza, redvccion, y progressos de la de el Lacandon, y otras naciones de indios barbaros, de la mediacion de el reyno de Gvatimala, a las provincias de Yvcatan, en la America septentrional. [Madrid: En la Imprenta de Lucas Antonio de Bedmar y Narvaez, 1701.] Identified as “Primera Parte,” but no further parts issued.
  7. Case 2

  8. Waldeck, Jean-Frédéric. [Description of Yucatan.] Undated manuscript of a text published in 1838 as Voyage pittoresque et archéologique dans la province d’Yucatan, pendant les années 1834 et 1836.
  9. Waldeck, Jean-Frédéric. Three rough pencil sketches of antiquities at Tuxpam, Mexico, with annotations in both pencil and ink, undated.
  10. Stephens, John Lloyd. Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1841. Two volumes. Illustrated by Frederick Catherwood. This copy is inscribed to Martin Van Buren by the author. Loaned for the exhibition by Norman Hammond.
  11. Stephens, John Lloyd. Incidents of Travel in Yucatan. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1843. Two volumes. Illustrated by Frederick Catherwood. This copy is inscribed to Martin Van Buren by the author.
  12. Carrillo y Ancona, Crescencio. Manuscript fragment of a biographical piece on John Lloyd Stephens, 3 pages, ca. 1855.
  13. Velasquez, Pedro [pseudonym of P. T. Barnum]. Memoir of an Eventful Expedition in Central America; Resulting in the Discovery of the Idolatrous City of Iximaya, in an Unexplored Region; and the Possession of Two Remarkable Aztec Children, Descendants and Specimens of the Sacerdotal Caste, (Now Nearly Extinct,) of the Ancient Aztec Founders of the Ruined Temples of That Country, Described by John L. Stevens, Esq., and Other Travellers. New York: J. W. Bell, 1850. Possibly a later edition.
  14. Case 3

  15. Manuscript authorization granted to Guillermo Dupaix to conduct archaeological research, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1805. With a series of dated signatures of Mexican officials.
  16. Humboldt, Alexander von. Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l’Amérique. Paris: Chez F. Schoell, 1810. This copy wanting pages i–xvi and 272–350 and plates 45 and 50–69.
  17. Case 4

  18. Charnay, Désiré. Les anciennes villes du Nouveau Monde: Voyages d’explorations au Mexique et dans l’Amérique Centrale. Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1885.
  19. Maudslay, Alfred P. Archaeology. London: Published for the editors by R. H. Porter...and Dulau & Co., 1889–1902. Part II (November 1890) is on display. Archaeology was published as part of Biologia Centrali-Americana, or, Contributions to the Knowledge of the Fauna and Flora of Mexico and Central America (London, 1879–1915). Edited by Frederick DuCane Godman and Osbert Salvin.
  20. Case 5

  21. Gordon, G. B. and John Alden Mason, eds. Examples of Maya Pottery in the Museum and Other Collections. Philadelphia: University Museum, 1925–1943.
  22. Coe, Michael D. The Maya Scribe and His World. New York: The Grolier Club, 1973.
  23. Case 6

  24. Rosny, Léon de. Essai sur le déchiffrement de l’écriture hiératique de l’Amérique Centrale. Paris: Jules Tremblay, 1884. Second edition.
  25. Rafinesque, C. S. A Life of Travels and Researches in North America and South Europe, or Outlines of the Life, Travels and Researches of C. S. Rafinesque. Philadelphia: Printed for the author, by F. Turner, 1836.
  26. McCulloh, J. H. Researches, Philosophical and Antiquarian, Concerning the Aboriginal History of America. Baltimore: Fielding Lucas, Jr., 1829.
  27. Popol Vuh: Le livre sacré et les mythes de l’antiquité américaine, avec les livres héroïques et historiques des Quichés. Translated by the Abbé [Charles-Étienne] Brasseur de Bourbourg. Paris: Arthus Bertrand; London: Trübner and Co., 1861. Bookplate of Edward B. Tylor.
  28. The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel. Compiled by Juan José Hoil. With an introduction by G. B. Gordon. Philadelphia: Published by the University Museum, 1913. Published in the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s series Anthropological Publications, volume 5.
  29. The North Carolina University Magazine 1, no. 4 (June 1844).
  30. Knorozov, Yuri V. Sistema pis’ma drevnikh maiia. Moskva: Izd-vo Akademii nauk SSSR, 1955.
  31. Case 7

  32. Ruz, Joaquin, comp. and trans. Colección de sermones para los domingos de todo el año, y Cuaresma, tomados de varios autores, y traducidos libremente al idioma Yucateco. Mérida: Imprenta de José D. Espinosa, 1846–1850. Four volumes. Volume 1 is on display.
  33. Ciudad Real, Antonio de (attr.). Diccionario de Motul, maya español. [And] Juan Coronel. Arte de lengua maya. Mérida: Talleres de la Compañia Tipografica Yucateca, 1929. Edited by Juan Martinez Hernandez.
  34. Gates, William. A Grammar of Maya. Baltimore: Printed at the private press of the Maya Society, 1938. Publication no. 13. Copy no. 33 of 105 on Whatman paper. With bookplate of William Frederick Friedman and Elizebeth Smith Friedman and partially effaced inscription to anthropologist Franz Boas.
  35. Case 8

  36. Kingsborough, Edward King, Viscount. Antiquities of Mexico: Comprising Fac-similes of Ancient Mexican Paintings and Hieroglyphics, Preserved in the Royal Libraries of Paris, Berlin, and Dresden; in the Imperial Library of Vienna; in the Vatican Library; in the Borgian Museum at Rome; in the Library of the Institute at Bologna; and in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. Together with the Monuments of New Spain by M. Dupaix: with Their Respective Scales of Measurement and Accompanying Descriptions. The Whole Illustrated by Many Valuable Inedited Manuscripts by Augustine Aglio. London: [imprint varies], 1829–1848. Nine volumes. Bookplate of Frederick DuCane Godman. The title page of the volume on display, no. 4, lacks publisher information.
  37. FitzGerald, Edward. ALS to Edward King, Viscount Kingsborough, April 17, 1836. This 12-page unpublished letter describes Palenque.
  38. Manuscript copy of a letter from Alexander von Humboldt to [François ?] Latour-Allard. Original dated from Paris, July 28, 1826. One of a group of documents purchased from the Kingsborough estate at Lord Kingsborough’s death by Sir Thomas Phillipps and bound together by him.
  39. Prescott, William H. ALS to E. G. Squier, Pepperell, Massachusetts, September 23, 1848.
  40. Case 9

  41. Morley, Sylvanus G. ALS to Jerome O. Kilmartin, Nearing El Paso en route to Mexico City, December 24, 1924.
  42. Morris, Earl H., Jean Charlot, and Ann Axtell Morris. The Temple of the Warriors at Chichen Itzá, Yucatán. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1931. Two volumes. The second volume (plates) is on display.
  43. Proskouriakoff, Tatiana. An Album of Maya Architecture. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1946. Publication 558. Matthew Stirling’s ownership signature is on the front free endpaper.
  44. Case 10

  45. Stuart, George E. and Gene S. Stuart. Los Mayas. [Spain]: RBA Publicaciones, 1983. Originally published as The Mysterious Maya (Washington, D.C., 1977).
  46. Stuart, Gene S. and George E. Stuart. Lost Kingdoms of the Maya. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1993.
  47. Schele, Linda and Mary Ellen Miller. The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art. Fort Worth: Kimbell Art Museum, 1986. Inscribed to George Stuart by Linda Schele and Justin and Barbara Kerr. Separate sheet signed by the authors and other scholars laid in.
  48. Stuart, David. The Inscriptions from Temple XIX at Palenque: A Commentary. San Francisco: The Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute, 2005.
  49. Case 11

  50. Mappelli Mozzi, Carlotta and Teresa Castelló Yturbide. El traje indigena en México. México: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 1965–1966. Two volumes enclosed in a box with loose plates in two sizes.
  51. Garcia Tellez, Alfonso. [Otomí shaman book.] San Pablito Pahuatlán, [Mexico], 1978.
  52. Case 12

  53. Sherman, Harold M. Tahara in the Land of Yucatan. Chicago: Goldsmith Publishing Company, 1933.
  54. Maitland, Hugh. Brad Forrest’s Yucatan Adventure. Toronto: Longmans Canada, 1965.
  55. Willard, T. A. Bride of the Rain God: Princess of Chichen-Itza, the Sacred City of the Mayas. Cleveland: Burrows Bros., 1930.
  56. Willard, T. A. The Wizard of Zacna: A Lost City of the Mayas. Cleveland: The Evangelical Press, 1930.
  57. Port, Wymar [pseudonym of Will Judy]. Sayings of Rammikar. Chicago: Judy Publishing Co., 1962.
  58. United States Case 1

  59. Le Page du Pratz, Antoine-Simon. Histoire de la Louisiane: contenant la découverte de ce vaste pays; sa description géographique; un voyage dans les terres; l’histoire naturelle; les moeurs, coûtumes & religion des naturels, avec leurs origines; deux voyages dans le nord du nouveau Mexique, dont un jusqu’à la Mer du Sud; ornée de deux cartes & de 40 planches en taille-douce. Paris: Chez de Bure, l’aîné..., la veuve Delaguette..., Lambert..., 1758. Three volumes. Volume 3 is on display.
  60. Jefferson, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia. London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1787. Map of Virginia and nearby states wanting.
  61. Adair, James. The History of the American Indians; Particularly Those Nations Adjoining to the Missisippi [sic], East and West Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia.... London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly, 1775.
  62. United States Case 2

  63. Schoolcraft, Henry R. Historical and Statistical Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States: Collected and Prepared Under the Direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs per Act of Congress of March 3d 1847. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, & Company, 1851. Six volumes. Part I is on display.
  64. Atwater, Caleb. Description of the Antiquities Discovered in the State of Ohio and Other Western States. Communicated to the President of the American Antiquarian Society. Published in Archaeologia Americana: Transactions and Collections of the American Antiquarian Society 1 (1820).
  65. Thomas, Cyrus. Holograph manuscript explaining how to excavate an Indian mound, ca. 1883.
  66. United States Case 3

  67. Bound volume of manuscript letters of recommendation written for American archaeologist E. G. Squier, 1849. Writers include William H. Prescott, Washington Irving, John Lloyd Stephens, and others.
  68. Squier, E. G. and E. H. Davis. Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley: Comprising the Results of Extensive Original Surveys and Explorations. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1848. Volume 1 of Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge.




































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