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Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent

Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent
During the Years 1799–1804
7 Volume Set

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108028004

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  • The Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was one of the most famous explorers of his generation. Charles Darwin called him 'the greatest scientific traveller who ever lived'. In 1799, Humboldt and the botanist Aimé Bonpland secured permission from the Spanish crown for a voyage to South America. They left from Madrid and spent five years exploring the continent. Humboldt reported his findings in a total of thirty volumes, published in French over a period of more than twenty years beginning in 1805. This English translation by Helen Maria Williams of one important component of Humboldt's account, the Relation historique du voyage (1814–25), consists of seven volumes and was published in London between 1814 and 1829. The work focuses mainly on Venezuela, particularly the Orinoco basin, but also describes the Canary Islands, Cuba and Colombia, and records anthropological observations as well as topography, natural history and climate.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108028004
    • dimensions: 324 x 250 x 153 mm
    • weight: 6kg
    • contains: 8 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I
    Book IX
    part of the Plains (Llanos) of Venezuela. Missions of the Caribbees. Last abode on the coast of Nueva Barcelona, Cumana, and Araya. 26. Explanations
    Notes to Book IX
    Part II
    Sketch of a geognostic view of South America, on the North of the River of the Amazons, and on the East of the Meridian of the Sierra Nevada de Merida
    1. Configuration of the country. Inequalities of the soil. Chains and groups of mountains. Ridges of partition. Plains or llanos
    2. General partition of lands. Direction and inclination of the layers. Relative height of the formations above the level of the ocean
    3. Nature of the rocks. Relative age and superposition of the formations primitive, transition, secondary, tertiary, and volcanic soils
    Book X
    Part II
    Sketch of a geognostic view of South America, on the North of the River of the Amazons, and on the East of the Meridian of the Sierra Nevada de Merida
    1. Configuration of the country. Inequalities of the soil. Chains and groups of mountains. Ridges of partition. Plains or llanos
    2. General partition of lands. Direction and inclination of the layers. Relative height of the formations above the level of the ocean
    3. Nature of the rocks. Relative age and superposition of the formations primitive, transition, secondary, tertiary, and volcanic soils
    Book X.

  • Authors

    Alexander von Humboldt

    Aimé Bonpland

    Translator

    Helen Maria Williams

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