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Auction 176, Lot 277

"[Lot of 2] Tableau Physique de la Pente Occidentale du Plateau de la Nouvelle Espagne (Chemin de Mexico a Acapulco) [and] Tableau Physique de la Pente Orientale du Plateau de la Nouvelle Espagne (Chemin de Mexico a Veracruz par Puebla et Xalapa)", Humboldt, Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1811 (published)

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

Color: Black & White

31.4 x 14.3 inches
79.8 x 36.3 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+

On sturdy, bright sheets with light scattered foxing and minor offsetting.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/12/2020