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Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Co

Abridged Edition

Alexander von Humboldt - Author

Jason Wilson - Abridged by

Jason Wilson - Translator

Jason Wilson - Introduction by

Malcolm Nicolson - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140445534 | 400 pages | 01 May 1996 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Alexander von Humboldt visited the tropics of the New World between 1799 and 1804. On his return he wrote this book, a classic work of travel that is also one of the great products of Enlightenment natural science. In his lifetime, Humboldt was described as "next to Napoleon, the most famous man in Europe". An admirer of the French Revolution, a Neptunist, an anti-slavist, a lover of Rousseau and Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, and a close friend of Goethe (whom he resembled), he was also a profound influence upon Darwin and the course of Victorian science, as well as upon the proponents of new world independence.
Translated by Jason Wilson with an Introduction by Malcolm Nicolson

Map
Historical Introduction by Malcolm Nicolson
Introduction by Jason Wilson
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Further Reading

PERSONAL NARRATIVE
Author's Introduction

Notes
'I formerly admired Humboldt, I now almost adore him; he alone gives any notion of the feelings which are raised in the mind on first entering the Tropics' Charles Darwin in 1832.

'Humboldt ... is a fine guide to recovering some of the spontaneity and enthusiasm of the traveller' Alain de Botton, Independent on Sunday