700 pages of Humboldt's own work, in a slipcase.
This stunning volume delves into the extraordinary illustrated notebooks of Alexander von Humboldt’s journeys through the Americas, which reveal the graphic musings of an intrepid explorer, a writer and philosopher, and the father of the environmental movement.
On occasion of the 250th anniversary of Humboldt’s birth, the drawings from [his] diaries are now available in a large format, slip-cased edition. Structured thematically, the 450 illustrations have been painstakingly reproduced, complete with handwritten notes, ink stains and water spots. Humboldt drew everything he saw—Incan ruins, electric eels, the transit of Mercury, silver mines, and ocean currents. In addition to being remarkably well preserved, these drawings offer tremendous insight into Humboldt’s prescient observations.
Featuring commentary by a renowned expert on Humboldt’s work, this breathtaking volume will bring to life one of history’s most accomplished thinkers, while providing fascinating reading for anyone interested in history and nature.
It will be mine... possibly at the cost of a kidney, but oh yes, it will be mine.
Coming September 4th to a TBR pile near you.