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Personal Narrative of Travels

Alexander Von Humboldt and Aime Bonpland

Published by Longmans, Hurst, Orme, Rees and Brown, London, 1814
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Alexander Von Humboldt (1769-1859) the noted German naturalist and explorer whose quantitative work on botanical geography was foundational to the field of biogeography. When the great European savant Humboldt had been a guest of the Spanish government in Mexico. His semi-official status provided him access to many confidential sources, and among the many works his stay produced was a large map of New Spain. Although he left Mexico in 1804, the map was not published until 1810, when it appeared with his Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain. Humboldt was, Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent. Tall 8vo. Rare 1st english edition 1st issue translated from the 1st 1st French ed by Helen Williams. Rare in the original drab tan boards. engraved frontis map, complete, this is only volume 1 of the original 5 volume set, which is extremely rare. This is without question, the dominant scientific and philosophical figure of his age. Humboldt's "Essai Politique" was one of the first to establish the field of geography as a modern science. His map of New Spain has been termed a magnificent cartographic achievement, which in its depiction of the West it surely is. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 004935

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Title: Personal Narrative of Travels

Publisher: Longmans, Hurst, Orme, Rees and Brown, London

Publication Date: 1814

Binding: Original Drab Boards

Book Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

Book Type: Private Press

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