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Auction 142, Lot 307

"Profil du Canal de Huehuetoca (Desague Real.) Creuse pour Preserver la Ville de Mexico du Danger des Inondations", Humboldt, Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1811 (published)

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

Color: Hand Color

21 x 14 inches
53.3 x 35.6 cm
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This map shows a profile view of the Huehuetoca Canal with three distance scales and four small cross sections below the map title. This was one of the earliest canals focused on draining and diverting the waters of the Valley of Mexico. The project started in the early 17th century and took approximately 200 years to complete.

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. Humboldt was trained as a mining engineer, so canal construction was of particular interest to him.

References: Rumsey #328.15; Wheat (TMW) pp. 134-138.

Condition: A

There are just a few tiny spots of foxing in unengraved areas of the view.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 11/28/2012