This book contains an English translation of the first report on the Maya ruins of Palenque. Antonio del Río, a Spanish artillery captain, led the expedition and was accompanied by the artist Ricardo Almendáriz who prepared twenty-five plates of thirty subjects. The report and drawings emphasized the descriptions of plazas, structures, tablets, and sculptures. Although neither man had specific expertise, the report and engravings captivated the European scholarly world. This edition contains engravings by J. F. Waldeck based on Almendáriz’s drawings.