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Auction 179, Lot 343

"Map of the Mining District of Mexico", Humboldt, Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von

Subject: Mexico

Period: 1824 (circa)

Publication: Selections from the Works of the Baron de Humboldt...

Color: Black & White

22.8 x 15.7 inches
57.9 x 39.9 cm
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This map was published in Humboldt's Selections from the Works of the Baron de Humboldt Relating to the Climate, Inhabitants, Productions, and Mines of Mexico. Covering central Mexico, the map presents the rugged topography of the region through fine hachure and locates numerous mines and mining stations mostly to the north and west of Mexico City. The map further locates towns and settlements, roads, rivers and lakes. This was the only map published in the work.

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: Sabin #33740.

Condition: B

Issued folding and now flattened and backed with tissue to reinforce and repair a 3" binding tear at right and a 3" separation at bottom. Light offsetting.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/16/2020