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Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent: Abridged Edition (Penguin Classics)

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Alexander von Humboldt became a wholly new kind of nineteenth-century hero - the scientist-explorer - and in Personal Narrative he invented a new literary genre, the travelogue. Between 1799 and 1804 he explored the tropical Spanish Americas, by his death in 1859 he had won international fame. He was the first European to discuss, draw and speculate on Aztec art, the first to observe reverse polarity in magnetism, the first to propagate the notion of seismic waves, the first to discover why America is called America. A true Romantic, an admirer of Rousseau and close friend of Goethe, Humboldt was a passionate observer, never a colonial despoiler, and his writings made a profound impact upon the course of Victorian science. This volume contains a fascinating selection from Humboldt's original 1,997 pages of Personal Narrative, in the first English translation to appear since 1851.

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Alexander von Humboldt visited the tropics of the New World between 1799 and 1804. On his return he wrote this book, a classic work of travel that is also one of the great products of enlightenment natural science. This book looks at the man and his work.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. lxx-lxxii).

Table of Contents

Translated by Jason Wilson with an Introduction by Malcolm Nicolson

Map

Historical Introduction by Malcolm Nicolson

Introduction by Jason Wilson

Acknowledgments

Chronology

Further Reading

PERSONAL NARRATIVE

Author's Introduction

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140445534
Translator:
Wilson, James
Translator:
Wilson, James
Author:
Nicolson, Malcolm
Author:
Humboldt, Alexander Von
Author:
Von Humboldt, Alexander
Author:
Wilson, Jason
Author:
Wilson, James
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Scientific expeditions
Subject:
Venezuela
Subject:
South America Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Abridged
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
104-231
Publication Date:
19960531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.90x5.12x.98 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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