TO MY WIFE,
ALICE D. LE PLONGEON,
my constant companion during my explorations
ruined cities of the mayas,
in order to obtain a glimpse of the history of their builders,
has exposed herself to many dangers,
suffered privations, sickness, hardship;
my faithful and indefatigable collaborator at home;
this work is
affectionately and respectfully dedicated.
AUGUSTUS LE PLONGEON, M.D.
Brooklyn, February 15, 1896.