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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852, by Various This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852 Author: Various Release Date: February 3, 2010 [EBook #31162] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY, MARCH 1852 *** Produced by Joshua Hutchinson, Josephine Paolucci and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net. (This file was produced from images generously made available by Cornell University Digital Collections.) THE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE Of Literature, Art, and Science. Vol. V.--NEW-YORK, MARCH 1, 1852--No. III. [Illustration] THE AZTECS AT THE SOCIETY LIBRARY. For several weeks the attention of the curious has been more and more attracted to a remarkable ethnological exhibition at the Society Library. Two persons, scarcely larger than the fabled gentlemen of Lilliput, (though one is twelve or thirteen and the other eighteen years of age), of just and even elegant proportions, and physiognomies striking and peculiar, but not deficient in intellect or refinement, have been visited by throngs of idlers in quest of amusement, wonder-seekers, and the profoundest inquirers into human history. Until very recently, Mexico was properly described as _Terra Incognita_. The remains of nations are there shrouded in oblivion, and cities, in their time surpassing Tadmor and Thebes, untrodden except by the jaguar and the ocelot. A few persons, indeed, attracted by uncertain rumors of ancient grandeur in Palenque, have visited her temples and tombs-- There to track Fallen states and empires o'er a land Which was the mightiest in her high command, And is the loveliest-- but no one has been found to read the hieroglyphics of Tolteca, to disclose the history of the dwellers in Anahuac, to make known the annals of the rise and fall of Tlascala, Otumba, Copan, or Papantla. In the great work of Lord Kingsborough are collected many important remains of Mexican and Aztec art and learning; Mr. Prescott has combined with a masterly hand the tr
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