1836 Alexander Humboldt Voyages Personal Narrative DARWIN Influence Science

HUMBOLDT, Alexander von

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Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian geographer and explorer whose early 19th-century voyages took him to the Americas and parts of Russia. The events of his voyages were described in his travel diaries which were published with impressive, detailed maps and topographical illustrations.

 

Note from Hill:

“Humboldt and [Aime] Bonpland studied the meteorological phenomena, physical geography, and the ancient and modern cultures of the regions they explored. At Callao, Humboldt measured the temperatures of the ocean current which came to bear his name. He also made investigations into the properties of guano, which ultimately led to its export to Europe. He used scientific instruments for a continuous survey in orography, meteorology and earth magnetism. Bonpland studied plant life in its environmental conditions and collected about 60,000 specimens, among them thousands of new species.”

 

Humboldt’s scientific studies made lasting effects on other great minds including Charles Darwin. Darwin was known to have read this work and applied many of the teachings to his theories and well as used it as inspiration to take his own expedition to the Pacific Ocean. Darwinian scholar John van Wyhe states that Darwin’s journal “can be read as a sort of continual intellectual dialogue with Humboldt”.

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1836 Alexander Humboldt Voyages Personal Narrative DARWIN Influence Science

 

Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian geographer and explorer whose early 19th-century voyages took him to the Americas and parts of Russia. The events of his voyages were described in his travel diaries which were published with impressive, detailed maps and topographical illustrations.

 

Note from Hill:

“Humboldt and [Aime] Bonpland studied the meteorological phenomena, physical geography, and the ancient and modern cultures of the regions they explored. At Callao, Humboldt measured the temperatures of the ocean current which came to bear his name. He also made investigations into the properties of guano, which ultimately led to its export to Europe. He used scientific instruments for a continuous survey in orography, meteorology and earth magnetism. Bonpland studied plant life in its environmental conditions and collected about 60,000 specimens, among them thousands of new species.”

 

Humboldt’s scientific studies made lasting effects on other great minds including Charles Darwin. Darwin was known to have read this work and applied many of the teachings to his theories and well as used it as inspiration to take his own expedition to the Pacific Ocean. Darwinian scholar John van Wyhe states that Darwin’s journal “can be read as a sort of continual intellectual dialogue with Humboldt”.

 

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HUMBOLDT, Alexander von

 

The travels and researches of Alexander von Humboldt : being a condensed narrative of his journeys in the equinoctial regions of America, and in Asiatic Russia, together with analysis of his more important investigations

 

Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1836.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • 367, [8]
    • 5 illustrations
  • References: Hill, Pacific Voyages 848; Sabin 33770; van Wyhe, Humboldt’s ‘Personal Narrative’ and its influence on Darwin;
  • Language: English
  • Provenance: Stamped; Dr. F.W. Sullivan
  • Binding: Hardcover; tight and secure
    • Cloth
  • Size: ~6.5in X 4in (16cm x 10.5cm)

 

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14702

Categories

Medicine & Science

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

HUMBOLDT, Alexander von

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Hardcover

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete