[Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República.
[Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República.
[Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República.
[Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República.
[Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República.
[Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República.
[Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República.
19th Century Photo Album of the Mayan Acropolis of Copán

[Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República.

Around 1888. Vintage leporello album with 17 mounted albumen prints (ca. 95 × 116 mm). Bound in red morocco. Front panel with gilt title and ornamentation, rear panel with blind stamped ornamentation. Both panels with bevelled, blind stamped edges. With the brief description of the album written on the upper margins in black ink, presumably by Francisco Pozo’s hand. Each image is labelled below in black ink by the same hand. Stamp of Associació Catalanista d’Excursions Científiques on the verso of five leaves. Bookplate of Antoni Pach (Barcelona, 1935) on the rear pastedown. Panels and spine slightly rubbed. The images are sharp, in fine condition. Overall in fine condition.

Unique, nineteenth-century photo album of explorations at the Maya site of Copán, dedicated to Francisco Menéndez, the President of El Salvador.

Lead by the Salvadoran archaeologist, historian and lawyer, Santiago I. Barberena (1851–1916) and Spanish directors Manuel Ruiz and Francisco Pozo, a group of explorers visited the ancient Mayan ruins in Copán, Honduras in 1888 by the commission of the government of San Salvador. The group, whose expedition is documented in the present album, spent almost three weeks, between May 21 and June 8, 1888, surveying the plazas, pyramids, steles and altars of the Acropolis.

The item includes seventeen photographs, presenting the archaeological site in its primary state before the excavation. These images are among the first ones to document the Mayan remains of Copán. Identifiable monuments represented are Stela A, C, D and H - all erected by Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil in the early 8th century AD - Altar Q and the West “turtle” Altar of Stela C, as well as the doorway of Temple 22.

The album was presented to Francisco Menéndez Valdivieso (1830–1890), the President of El Salvador by Francisco Pozo, the Spanish director of the expedition. Marginal notes describing the album and image captions are included, possibly by Pozo’s hand.

Provenance: Stamps of Associació Catalanista d’Excursions Científiques. With the bookplate of Antoni Pach (Antoni Pach Buira). Pach was a chemical expert of the Catalan Society of Sciences (Societat Catalana de Ciéncies) and the author of the 1951 book, Centro Excursionista de Cataluña […], in which he discusses the birth of the l’Associació Catalanista d’Excursions Científiques. Pach’s bookplate was designed by the Catalan Art-Nouveau graphic artist and painter, Ramón Borrell i Pla (1876–1963).

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Price: €70,000.00