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Researches, Concerning the Institutions and Monuments of the Ancient Inhabitants of America with Descriptions and Views of Some of the Most Striking Scenes in the Cordilleras!

Researches, Concerning the Institutions and Monuments of the Ancient Inhabitants of America with Descriptions and Views of Some of the Most Striking Scenes in the Cordilleras!
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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108027922

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  • Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an internationally respected scientist and explorer whose meticulous approach to scientific observation greatly influenced later research. He travelled the world, once staying at the White House as a guest of Thomas Jefferson, and is commemorated in the many species and places which bear his name. This two volume work, published in French in 1810 as Vue des Cordillères, and in this English translation in 1814, was one of the many publications that resulted from Humboldt's expedition to Latin America in 1799–1804. It describes geographical features such as volcanoes and waterfalls, and aspects of the indigenous cultures including architecture, sculpture, art, languages and writing systems, religions, costumes and artefacts. This approachable, closely observed travelogue vividly recounts a huge variety of impressions and experiences, and reveals Humboldt's boundless curiosity as well as his scientific and cultural knowledge.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108027922
    • length: 787 pages
    • dimensions: 250 x 322 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. Picturesque atlas of travels to the equinoctial regions of the new continent
    2. Monuments of America, and picturesque views of the Cordilleras
    3. Statue of an Azteck priestess
    4. View of the great square of Mexico
    5. Natural bridges of Icononzo
    6. Passage of Quindiu, in the Cordillera of the Andes
    7. Fall of the Tequendama
    8. Pyramid of Cholula
    9. Detached mass of the pyramid of Cholula
    10. Monument of Xochicalco
    11. Volcano of Cotopaxi
    12. Mexican monument in relief, found at Oaxaca
    13. Genealogy of the princes of Azcapozalco
    14. An Azteck hieroglyphical manuscript preserved in the library of the Vatican
    15. Azteck hieroglyphics from the manuscript of Veletri
    16. View of Chimborazo and Carguairazo
    17. Peruvian monument at Cannar
    18. Rock of Inti-guaicu
    19. Ynga-Chungana, near Cannar
    20. Interior of the house of the Inca at Cannar
    21. Azteck bas-relief, found in the great square of Mexico
    22. Basaltic rocks and cascade of Regla
    23. Relief in basalt, representing the Mexican calendar
    24. Correspondence of English weights and measures with those used in France. Volume 2:
    25. House of the Inca at Callo
    26. Chimborazo seen from the Plain of Tapia
    27. Epochas of nature, according to the Azteck mythology
    28. Hieroglyphic painting, taken from the Borgian manuscript of Veletri, and signs of the days of the Mexican almanac
    29. An Azteck hatchet
    30. An Azteck idol of basaltic porphyry, found under the pavement of the great square at Mexico
    31. Cataract of the Rio Vinagre, near the volcano of Purace
    32. Postman of the province of Jaen de Bracamoros
    33. Hieroglyphical history of the Aztecks, from the Deluge to the foundation of the city of Mexico
    34. Bridge of Ropes near Penipé
    35. Coffer of Perote
    36. Mountain of Ilinissa
    37. Fragments of Azteck hieroglyphics, deposited in the Royal Library of Berlin
    38. Hieroglyphic paintings in the Borgian Museum, at Veletri
    39. Migration of the Azteck nation, from a hieroglyphic painting deposited in the Royal Library at Berlin
    40. Vases of granite found on the coast of Honduras
    41. An Azteck idol, in basalt, found in the valley of Mexico
    42. Air volcano of Turbaco
    43. Volcano of Cayambe
    44. Volcano of Jorullo
    45. Calendar of the Muysca Indians, the ancient inhabitants of the Plain of Bogota
    46. Fragment of a hieroglyphical manuscript preserved in the Royal Library
    47. Hieroglyphic paintings taken from the Mexican manuscript, preserved in the Imperial Library at Vienna, Nos. 1, 2, and 3
    Ruins of Miguitlan, or Mitla, in the province of Oaxaca
    48. View of Corazon
    49. Costumes of the Indians of Mechoacan
    50. View of the interior of the crater of the Peak of Teneriffe
    51. Fragments of hieroglyphic paintings, taken from the Codex Telleriano-Remensis
    52. Fragment of a Christian calendar, taken from the Azteck manuscripts, preserved in the Royal Library of Berlin
    53. Hieroglyphic paintings from the Raccolta di Mendoza
    54. Fragments of Azteck paintings, taken from a manuscript preserved in the library of the Vatican
    55. Volcano of Pichincha
    56. Plan of a fortified house of the Inca, situated on the Cordillera of Assuay, ruins of a part of the ancient Peruvian city of Chulucanas
    57. Raft of the river of Guayaquil
    58. Summit of the mountain of Organos, at Actopan
    59. Mountains of columnar porhyry of Jacal
    60. A head sculptured in hard stone by the Muysca Indians. Bracelet of obsidian
    61. View of the lake of Guatavita
    62. View of the Silla de Caracas
    63. The dragon-tree of Orotava
    64. Letter from Mr Visconti, member of the National Institute of France, to M. de Humboldt, on certain monuments of the American nations

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    Alexander von Humboldt


    Helen Maria Williams

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