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Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain

Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108077910

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About the Authors
  • 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.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108077910
    • length: 736 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 142 x 46 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Geographical introduction
    Book I. General Considerations on the Extent and Physical Aspect of the Kingdom of New Spain:
    1. Extent of the Spanish possessions in America
    2. Configuration of the coast
    3. Physical aspect of the kingdom of New Spain compared with that of Europe and South America
    Book II. General Population of New Spain:
    4. General enumeration in 1793
    5. Maladies which periodically arrest the progress of population
    6. Indians or indigenous Americans
    7. Whites, Creoles and Europeans, Negroes, mixed casts
    Book III. Particular Statistical Account of the Intendancies of Which the Kingdom of New Spain is Composed, their Territorial Extent and Population:
    8. Of the political division of the Mexican territory. Volume 2: Book IV. State of the Agriculture of New Spain:
    9. Vegetable productions of the Mexican territory.

  • Author

    Alexander von Humboldt


    John Black

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