Title: Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain ...
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
The two-volume 1811 New York edition of Humboldt's account of Mexico, which Darwin later had with him aboard the Beagle. Translator(s): Black, John. Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Latin American Studies. Num Pages: 736 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1KLCM; HBJK; HBTP. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 217 x 140 x 43. Weight in Grams: 976. . 2014. Reissue. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781108077910
Synopsis: The acclaimed Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was referred to by Charles Darwin as 'the greatest scientific traveller who ever lived'. Several of his works were in the library aboard the Beagle, including the multi-volume Personal Narrative of Travels, two books on geology and Tableaux de la nature (all reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection). Darwin's copy of this two-volume 1811 New York edition of Humboldt's Political Essay (originally published in French earlier that year) is inscribed 'Buenos Ayres', suggesting he acquired it there in 1832-3, without its accompanying atlas (forthcoming). Humboldt had spent a year in Mexico in 1803-4, and was struck by its 'civilization' as compared to regions of South America that he had visited earlier on his expedition. The work begins with a 'geographical introduction', after which Humboldt describes Mexico's topography, agriculture, population, mines, industry and commerce, its economic state and its military defences.
Book Description: The acclaimed Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was referred to by Charles Darwin as 'the greatest scientific traveller who ever lived'. During his voyage aboard the Beagle, Darwin acquired a copy of this two-volume 1811 New York edition of Humboldt's account of the land and people of Mexico.
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