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KOSMOS, ENTWURF EINER PHYSISCHEN WELTBESCHREIBUNG
Stuttgart & Tubingen, 1845. Text: Original three-quarter pebbled morocco, spines gilt. Light wear to bindings. Bookplates on front pastedowns. Some light scattered foxing and dampstaining. Atlas: Three-quarter calf, rebacked with original spine laid down. Corners worn. Light scattered soiling. A very good set. Humboldt's famous attempt at a complete scientific survey of the physical sciences and their relations to each other. "...It was his KOSMOS - 'The Cosmos, Outline of a Description of the Physical World' - based on lectures delivered at the Berlin Singakademie in 1828-9, which Humboldt really considered as his life work....In his own words it was meant 'to represent in one work the whole material world, everything we know today of the phenomena in the celestial spaces and of life on earth...it is meant to describe a chapter in the intellectual development of mankind'" - PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN. Humboldt's interests and achievements cover a wide field, including geography, meteorology, and plant distribution. He was among the earliest scientists to seek an understanding of the complex relationship between environmental elements (e.g. between plants, geography, weather, animal life, and the like). The atlas volume, which is a cartographic landmark in itself, contains a suite of handsome topographical, meteorological, and other maps depicting every continent and region of the globe. This set includes the fifth text volume, not found in all sets. PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 320.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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