This beautiful book does what it says on the tin - provides a comprehensive and handsomely-produced overview of the life and work of one of the most important scientists of the 18th century. His quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography, and his advocacy of long-term systematic geophysical measurement laid the foundation for modern geomagnetic and meteorological monitoring. He operated mainly in Latin America, and this book thus focuses on that continent and his travels there between the years 1799 and 1804.
Professor Dr. W.-H. Hein (1920-2003) was an internationally renowned pharmacy historian. After education and professional training in Munich, he moved to Frankfurt, where he owned a pharmacy, and finally became a lecturer on the history of pharmacy at the University of Wurzburg. Writer of numerous books, he was a life-long collector of Humboldt memorabilia and publications, hist collection being one of the largest in private ownership.
Our book is in immaculate condition, appearing scarcely used, bound in leaf-green cloth with a gilt medallion and profile of Humboldt on the front cover; title etc in gilt lettering on the spine. The front cover is very lightly marked with two pale streaks, but otherwise there are no external blemishes and no signs of wear. The dust jacket is likewise undamaged. The endpapers show (front) the Latin-American routes taken by Humboldt, and (back) his European/Asian journeys. The binding is firm, the glossy pages all clean and unmarked, and there are no internal blemishes. A very beautiful, informative, and inspiring book for any student of natural history, earth sciences, or medicine.