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May 01, 1996
| ISBN 9780140445534
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May 01, 1996 | ISBN 9780140445534
One of the greatest nineteenth-century scientist-explorers, Alexander von Humboldt traversed the tropical Spanish Americas between 1799 and 1804. By the time of his death in 1859, he had won international fame for his scientific discoveries, his observations of Native American peoples and his detailed descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘new continent’. The first to draw and speculate on Aztec art, to observe reverse polarity in magnetism and to discover why America is called America, his writings profoundly influenced the course of Victorian culture, causing Darwin to reflect: ‘He alone gives any notion of the feelings which are raised in the mind on first entering the Tropics.’For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT (1769-1859) was a German polymath and explorer whose expeditions, ranging from the highest peaks in the Andes to the steppes of Siberia, laid the groundwork for the field of biogeography.
Translated by Jason Wilson with an Introduction by Malcolm Nicolson
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