RAMBLES IN YUCATAN; OR, NOTES OF TRAVEL THROUGH THE PENINSULA, INCLUDING A VISIT TO THE REMARKABLE RUINS OF CHI-CHEN, KABAH, ZAYI AND UXMAL.

Norman, Benjamin Moore.

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Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1850. 304 pages. Illustrated with engravings. Octavo, 9 x 5 3/4 inches. Publishers black cloth; ex-library with spine markings and bookplate removed; minor damp-staining. (Item ID: 2418)


Seventh edition, originally issued in 1843. "Norman devoted much of his account of a trip early in 1842 to detailing the ruins. He perceived that Yucatan's recent independence from Mexico had not been popularly received and predicted that should Mexico send troops to reconquer Yucatan, its invasion force would be welcomed... His depiction of the state of society are critical but have the ring of condescension rather than cultural superiority. The ladies' personal attractions were considerable, but they always seemed to be smoking cigars, gambling, or lazing in hammocks. 'losing her best hours in forgetfulness.' Art and music seemed uncultivated, homes appeared plain and tasteless, and to Norman, businessmen exhibited one of the commercial eagerness with which they impressed American travelers a half-century later." - Cole. AMERICAN TRAVELERS TO MEXICO. # 307.



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