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CHARNAY, Desire, explorer, born in Fleurie, France, 2 May, 1828. He was educated at the College Charlemagne, and has been sent by the French government on many scientific explorations, in-eluding one in 1880 to Central America, which was aided by the generosity of Pierre Lorillard. He is the author of "Cites et ruines americaines" (Paris, 1861); "Le Mexique" (1862) ; " Explorations au Mexique et Amerique du Centre" (1883); "Les anciennes villes du nouveau monde" (1883) ; and " Une princesse indienne avant la conquete" (1888). "The Ancient Cities of the New World" was translated by Mrs. J. Gonino and Mrs. Helen S. Conant, with an introductory chapter by Allen Thorndike Rice (New York, 1887).
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