5 April 2016
HUMBOLDT, Alexander von (1769-1859). Essai Politique sur le royaume de la Nouvelle-Espagne. Paris: F. Schoell, 1811.
5 volumes, 8° (199 x 123 mm). Half-titles. Engraved folding map (short tear at gutter affecting image), engraved folding plan, publisher’s advertisement in vol.V. (Some pale spotting.) Contemporary tree calf, smooth spines gilt, red and green morocco lettering-pieces. Provenance: John Douglas Bates (bookplate).
FIRST OCTAVO EDITION, “of superlative California importance” (Howes). “This important work contains the most complete and accurate picture of the natural resources of Mexico available, and in 1824 was declared by a representative of the Mexican government to have contributed to the re-animation of the active industry of the nation. It also contains references to the early explorations of the Californias…This work is considered a founding work in the fields of economic geography and political geography” (Hill). Hill 843; Howes H-786; Sabin 33713.
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