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Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent During the Years 1799-1804 . With Maps, Plans &c.

By Alexander de Humboldt; Aime Bonpland; Helen Maria Williams

1818-1821

Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown : London

9" by 5.5"

li, [2], 2-293pp, [1], 2-294pp; [3], 575pp; [2], 502pp; 502-865pp,3pp, 2pp, 4pp.

 

 

 

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Four very scarce, first edition volumes of this nineteenth century travel work on Venezuela, Cuba, The Andes and Mexico, in the publisher's original boards. An incredibly influential work, which inspired Charles Darwin's scientific career.

Being a recollection of several expeditions by the Prussian polymath, Alexander von Humboldt. Humboldt kept a fastidious diary of his travels during the years 1799-1804 which has been translated into English by Helen Maria Williams. This work also has the observations and narratives of Humboldt's companion during the Americas for five years, Aime Bonpland. This work was the first time Latin America was explored and described from a modern scientific point of view. He was one of the first people to propose the idea that the lands bordering the Atlantic Ocean were once joined and was also the first person to describe the cause of human-induced climate change based on his own observations of the change in certain areas. With an introduction to the first volume by the translator, Helen Maria Williams. Williams translated several of Humboldt's works. With a frontispiece to the first volume. With five folding plates to the rear of 'Volume III'. All four books to this set are first editions. This set comprises of: Volume I & II in one volume as called for, 1818, being 'Books I and II'. Volume III, 1818, comprising of 'Books III and IV'. Vol V Part I, 1821, Comprising of the second chapter of 'Book VII' (XX) to the end of 'Book VII' (Chapter XXII) and the first chapter of 'Book VIII' (Chapter XXIII). Vol V Part II, 1821 Comprising of the final chapter of 'Book VIII' (Chapter XXIV). This set is therefore lacking the third volume, which was published as Volume IV and contained books V, VI and the first chapter of book VII. To the rear of volume V part II Humboldt notes that this terminates the second volume (in quarto) of 'Personal Narrative'. At the time of this translation there were still two more volumes of 'Personal Narrative' to be issued in the quarto form, pre-translation, this translation set was not finished until 1829. Publisher's adverts to the rear of volume V. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown of all volumes ,'Lister'. An extremely scarce work, particularly in the original boards and with the illustrated plates.

CONDITION

In the original publisher's boards. Externally, worn, particularly to the spines. All volumes are lacking portions of the spines. Both boards to volume I are detached but present. Frontispiece to the first volume is detached but present. Hinges to the rest of volumes are weak and may detach with further handling. Internally, the binding for all volumes is strained in places, and may split with excessive handling. Pages are generally bright with the occasional scattered spots, heavier to the first and last few pages.

Overall Condition: Fair

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