The British artist Frederick Catherwood and his American traveling companion, John Lloyd Stephens, were the first Westerners to view the enthralling architecture of the lost cities of the ancient Maya. In 1839 the two intrepid explorers discovered the Mayan pyramids of Copan, abandoned ten centuries before and forgotten under the cover of a thick tropical rainforest. Catherwood and Stephens went on to uncover many more mysteries of the Mayan world, discoveries that Stephens faithfully recorded in a travel diary that was richly illustrated by Catherwood.
One hundred years ago Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 26 men (plus one stowaway) set sail for Antarctica with plans to cross the uncharted continent on foot. But in January 1915, after six weeks of rough navigation through the closely packed ice of the Weddell Sea, the ship was trapped and, ten months later, crushed by the ice floes that had held it prisoner. And that’s just the beginning of the story.