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Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769–1859
Researches, concerning the institutions & monuments of the ancient inhabitants of America, with descriptions & views of some of the most striking scenes in the Cordilleras! / written in French by Alexander de Humboldt & translated into English by Helen Maria Williams.
Additional Title(s):
Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amerique. English. Selections
London : Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, J. Murray & H. Colburn, 1814.
London : J.G. Barnard, Skinner Street
Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
F1219 .H86 1814
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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English translation by Helen Maria Williams of the author's orignal French: Vues des Cordillères et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique (Paris, 1810-1813 ; representing partie I, section 2: of Voyage aux régions équinoxiales du Nouveau Continent fait en 1799-1804 by Alexander von Humboldt).
Pagination: Vol. 1: iv, 411, [1] pages, 9 [i.e. 8] leaves of plates. -- Vol. 2: [2], 324 pages, 10-20 leaves of plates.
The title-leaves are etched and engraved. The remaining plates are numbered 1-20, with 1 and 2 being two numbered vignettes on the same plate. The vignettes on the title-plates are additionally numbered as plates 10 and 6 respectively.
Plates (20, on 19 leaves) numbered: Pl. 1. [-20.]. Plates 1 and 2 printed on one leaf. Text describes the 69 plates of the original French edition, giving their numbers as: Plates I. and II. [-Plate LXIX.]. The plate numbers assigned to the two vignettes on the title pages refer to the numeration of the plates in the French edition; however, Plate "6" on the title page of v. 2 is an error for Plate "8" (text in v. 1: p. 105 is marked correctly as: Plate VIII.). Consequently, the present work contains 22 of the original 69 illustrations. Many plates have the imprint: Pub[lishe]d by Longman, Hurst, Reed, Orme & Brown, August [or: Aug.t] 1814.
The direction-lines and indexes (v. 2, p. [257]-324) refer to the volumes as "volumes XIII and XIV", and the plates also refer to volumes XIII and XIV, because these two volumes form part of a series of translations of Humboldt's works issued by Longman and Company.
Volume 2: page 233 misnumbered 333; v. 2: page 310 misnumbered 103.
Printer's statement from foot of page 411, vol. 1.
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 33751.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary half calf and marbled boards. Armorial bookplate: Sir Joseph Verdin, Bart.
Subject Terms:
Indians -- Antiquities.
Mexico -- Antiquities.
Mountains -- Mexico.
Mountains -- Peru.
Murray, J. -- Publisher.
Peru -- Antiquities.
Verdin, Joseph, Sir -- Bookplate.
Engravings -- 1814.
Engravings -- Hand-colored -- 1814.
Travel literature.
Armorial bookplates (Provenance)
Williams, Helen Maria, 1762-1827, translator.
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, publisher.
Barnard, J. G. (John George), -1842, printer.
Colburn, Henry, -1855, publisher.

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