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Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859, author.

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, 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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