16 June 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 27,500
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
HUMBOLDT, Alexander von (1769-1859) and Aimé J.A. BONPLAND (1773-1858). Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples de l'Amérique. Paris: F.Schoell, 1810 [but 1813].
Large 2° (558 x 404 mm). Half-titles to general and section title, 3 sub-section titles, engraved dedication to Visconti, 16pp introduction dated 1813. 69 engraved, etched and aquatint plates on 68 leaves by Bouquet and others, several printed in sepia, 26 hand-colored, one double-page. (Some general light marginal spotting, affecting a few plates, small tears to blank margins of three plates.) Contemporary mottled boards, neatly rebacked and cornered in mottled calf, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, red or green morocco lettering-piece in two compartments, the others ruled in gilt. Provenance: Sold Christie's London, 10 April 1997, lot 6.
FIRST EDITION of the "most beautiful and generally interesting of Humboldt's works" (Sabin). The superb colored aquatints include the double-page plate of the great volcano of Chimborazo in the Andean highlands. Most of the illustrations were made after Humboldt's original sketches; he was closely involved in the publication, especially in checking the coloring of the illustrations. This Atlas Pittoresque, part of a 30 volume work, is one of the most important publications resulting from Humboldt's and Bonpland's journey through Central and South America (1799-1804), which opened the continent to the scientific explorers of the 19th century. Brunet III: 373; Lipperheide Md6; Sabin 33754.
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