Humboldt, A. von

Ueber zwei Versuche den Chimborazo zu besteigen.

Published 1836
Item ID 72782

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Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta, 1836. 8vo (17.4 x 11.0 cm). viii, 283 pp. [Von Humboldt's paper on pp. 176-206]. Contemporary pebbled cloth; spine with black leather label with gilt title.

Published in the first volume of the Astronomisches Jahrbuch [ für 1837], edited by H. C. Schumacher, of which eight volumes were published in total. This is the first publication about the ascent in 1802 of a South America’s highest volcano by this eminent scientist, with several important natural history and meteorological observations, as quoted: “Das sind die flüchtigen Bemerkungen über zwei besteigungen des Chimborazo, die ich mir erlaubt habe, aus einem ungedruckten Reisejournale einfach mitzutheilen. Wo die Natur so mächtig und gross und unser Bestreben rein wissenschaftlich ist, kann wohl die Darstellung jedes Schmuckes der Rede entbehren. Berlin, im September 1836.” “Chimborazo is not the highest mountain by elevation above sea level, but its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s centre” (Wikipedia). The Jahrbuch contains more interesting contributions, for instance by Bessel on the return of Halley’s Comet: Von den Erscheinungen welche der Halley'sche Comet gezeigt hat, with one very nice folded plate. Also with the usual chapters, such as an Astronomische Ephemeride für 1837, and tables for measuring heights on the basis of barometric pressure, by the great mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss. Spine cover a bit worn, otherwise a very good, clean copy. See Ingo Schwartz, Alexander von Humboldt-Chronologie in: Neither in Sabin nor in Ward and Carozzi.

Humboldt on reaching the point farthest from the Earth’s centre

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