Mayer, Brantz; Observations on Mexican history and archaeology with a special notice of Zapotec remains, as delineated in Mr. J.G. Sawkins's drawings of Mitla, etc. Extract, Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge, Washington DC, 1856. Large quarto, pp. 33, 4 tinted plates, numerous text figures.
The work is complete and in modern archival title wraps with title label on cover. Binding is clean, text is clean with light toning, plates with light foxing at margins. In very good condition.
Mayer (1809-1879) was an American lawyer, historian and author. He practiced law from 1832 until 1841, when he was appointed secretary of legation to Mexico, where he remained a year and again held the position until the end of 1843. It was during his time in Mexico that he wrote several works on the history of Mexico and what he perceived to be the unfair treatment of the country. His above study proves an overview to previous research on the archeology of sites in Mexico and Mayer than provides a survey of the known sites.