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Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: A Critical Edition (Hardback)

Alexander von Humboldt

Edité par The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2013
ISBN 10: 0226865061 / ISBN 13: 9780226865065
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Titre : Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of ...

Éditeur : The University of Chicago Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2013

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

Edition : Critical.

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Language: English . Brand New Book. In 1799, Alexander von Humboldt and Aime Bonpland set out to determine whether the Orinoco River connected with the Amazon. But what started as a trip to investigate a relatively minor geographical controversy became the basis of a five-year exploration throughout South America, Mexico, and Cuba. The discoveries amassed were staggering, and much of today s knowledge of tropical zoology, botany, geography, and geology can be traced back to von Humboldt s numerous records of these expeditions. One of these accounts, Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas , firmly established von Humboldt as the founder of Mesoamerican studies. In Views of the Cordilleras, von Humboldt weaves together drawings and detailed texts to achieve multifaceted views of cultures and landscapes across the Americas. In doing so, he offers an alternative perspective on the New World, combating presumptions of its belatedness and inferiority by arguing that the old and the new world are of the same geological age. This critical edition contains a new, unabridged English translation of von Humboldt s French text, as well as annotations, a bibliography, and all sixty-nine plates from the original edition. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780226865065

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Synopsis : In 1799, Alexander von Humboldt and Aime Bonpland set out to determine whether the Orinoco River connected with the Amazon. But what started as a trip to investigate a relatively minor geographical controversy became the basis of a five-year exploration throughout South America, Mexico, and Cuba. The discoveries amassed were staggering, and much of today's knowledge of tropical zoology, botany, geography, and geology can be traced back to von Humboldt's numerous records of these expeditions. One of these accounts, "Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas", firmly established von Humboldt as the founder of Mesoamerican studies. In Views of the Cordilleras, von Humboldt weaves together drawings and detailed texts to achieve multifaceted views of cultures and landscapes across the Americas. In doing so, he offers an alternative perspective on the New World, combating presumptions of its belatedness and inferiority by arguing that the "old" and the "new" world are of the same geological age. This critical edition contains a new, unabridged English translation of von Humboldt's French text, as well as annotations, a bibliography, and all sixty-nine plates from the original edition.

Critique: "Von Humboldt is a towering Atlantic world figure. Here we can gauge the full range of his interests: from observations on ancient Mayan ruins and comparative calendric systems to prehistoric building techniques and breathtaking landscapes. Kutzinski and Ette offer expert appreciation of von Humboldt's genial cosmopolitanism." --William Boelhower, Louisiana State University

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