A PART SET OF (MAINLY) THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION - RARE IN PUBLISHER'S BOARDS. German polymath, geographer, naturalist, explorer, whose work influenced Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. (London): Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1818-26. 5 volumes [bound as 6], of 7. Illustrated with 3 [of 8] engraved plates, including a folding map and a folding plan.
Bound in publisher's buff papered boards with printed paper labels to spine. First two volumes are second English edition [first printed in 1814], and the remaining vols.
[4, 5 pt1, 5 pt2, 6 pt1, 6 pt2] are first English editions. Volumes 1 & 2 ex-libris'John Colles', with his armorial bookplate to front pastedowns. Size: 8vo - each approx. Rubbing and edge wear to bindings, with some fraying / chipping to paper on spines. One board working loose but still attached.
Minor scattered foxing to some text. A few short gatherings of pages with slight age-toning, but generally very clean and free of foxing. Please ask if you require a more detailed condition report, or view gallery images closely. A partial and slightly mixed set (mostly 1st English edition) still in publisher's boards of Alexander von Humboldt's account of his ground-breaking scientific expedition to South America and Cuba. The work was originally published in French between 1814 and 1825, and the first English edition was published between 1814 and 1829.
The collection we have on offer here is comprised of the 2nd English edition of Vols. 1 and 2, and the 1st English edition of Vols.
4-6 bound in a total of 6 volumes - Vols. 1-2 bound as one, and Vols.
4-6 bound as five - and all in original publisher's boards, and are rare as such, with two of the volumes still entirely uncut. The first volume carries the engraved armorial bookplate of surgeon John Colles. Humboldt is considered by many to be second only to Charles Darwin in the pantheon of 19th century naturalists, and Darwin was certainly influenced by the former's work.
Thus, Darwin lived and worked in the Beagle library for five years. The volumes are illustrated with 3 (of 8) engraved plates, and which include a large fold-out map of Colombia, a folding mezzotint illustrating the route of Humboldt's famous ascent of Mount Chimborazo in the Andes in 1802, and single-page chart of Tenerife.
1 and 2, 1818, 2nd Eng. Bound as one: xii, li, 293, ; 294; with 1 engraved plate [full page chart of Tenerife]. 8-page publisher's catalogue bound at front endpaper, [iv], 573, , [2, ads] pp. [iv, ads], [iv], 501, 1, dup. [iii], 502-865 [1, errata],  pp.
16 [ads], v, , 390pp; with large folding map [of Colombia]. Iv, 391-845, , [2, ads] pp; with folding aquatint engraved plate [of journey up Chimborazo]. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "kernoozers" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.