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Auction 142, Lot 306

"[Lot of 2] Tableau Physique de la Pente Occidentale du Plateau de la Nouvelle Espagne [and] Tableau Physique de la Pente Orientale du Plateau de la Nouvelle Espagne", Humboldt, Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1811 (published)

Publication: Atlas Geographique et Physique du Royaume de la Nouvelle-Espagne

Color: Black & White

33 x 15 inches
83.8 x 38.1 cm
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These two profile views combine to cover the entire elevation change from Acapulco to Mexico City, and from Mexico City on to Veracruz. On each side of the profile is an elevation scale noting other important comparative locations. Engraved by Bouquet.

Alexander von Humboldt was a world-famous geologist, geographer, naturalist and explorer. He spent 5 years exploring Latin America along with his partner Aime Bonpland. He was one of the first to document the area from a scientific point of view and the first to complete a profile view of an entire country.

References: Rumsey #328.12 & #328.13; Wheat (TMW) pp. 134-138.

Condition: B+

Light offsetting and a few faint spots.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/28/2012