Auction 141, Lot 322

"Porto-Rico", Humboldt, Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von

Subject: Puerto Rico

Period: 1811 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.8 x 18.8 inches
52.8 x 47.8 cm

This unique sheet features a profile view from La Guayra to the summit of La Cumbre, an elevation change of approximately 800 feet. A number of other locations are noted along the way including Maiguitia, Pont du Salto and Venta Grande. At bottom is a small map of the island along with some of the surrounding islands, including Vieques and St. Martin.

Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt is one of the most important figures in the scientific discovery of the Americas. His maps of Latin America and the American Southwest are among the most important maps of the period. Humboldt traveled through the region under the patronage of the Spanish Crown and was granted access to the archives of the Spanish-American colonies.


Condition: B

Toned with a few white spots in the image.

Estimate: $140 - $170


Closed on 9/5/2012