Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent
One of the greatest nineteenth-century scientist-explorers, Alexander von Humboldt traversed the tropical Spanish Americas between 1799 and 1804. By the time of his death in 1859, he had won international fame for his scientific discoveries, his observations of Native American peoples and his detailed descriptions of the flora and fauna of the 'new continent'. The first to draw and speculate on Aztec art, to observe reverse polarity in magnetism and to discover why America is called America, his writings profoundly influenced the course of Victorian culture, causing Darwin to reflect: 'He alone gives any notion of the feelings which are raised in the mind on first entering the Tropics'.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ChrisConway - LibraryThing
A fascinating journey to the new world, with abundant descriptions and rich anecdotes. For example: "Francisco Lozano, a labourer who lived in this village, presented a curious physiological ... Read full review
Review: Personal Narrative of a Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent (Penguin Classics)User Review - Ferox - Goodreads
Aargh, the choice: backache and eyestrain from reading the full monty online (supposing I could beg enough screentime on my shared computer), or a viciously, ruthlessly hacked-down version I can carry in my workbag. *sighs* Penguin Classic it is, then. All 297 little pages. Read full review