Publisher Information: Stuttgart & Tubingen: J. G. Cotta, 1853.
Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859). Kleinere Schriften. Erster Band [all published]. Geognostische und physikalische Erinnerungen. Mit einem Atlas, enthaltend Umrisse von Vulkanen aus den Cordilleren von Quito und Mexico. Text volume and atlas. Text: , viii, 474, pp., 6 folding tables. Atlas: 2 preliminary leaves, 12 engraved plates after drawings by Humboldt, contents leaf. Stuttgart and Tübingen: J. G. Cotta, 1853. 206 x 128 mm. (text); 208 x 313 mm. (atlas). Half morocco, boards ca. 1853 (text); original printed boards, cloth backstrip (atlas); light wear, front hinge of atlas a bit weak. Some foxing to text and plates, but very good.
First Edition of this collection of geological memoirs (some previously published), including Humboldt’s geognostic and physical study of the volcanoes near Quito in Ecuador. Humboldt had spent several years in South America at the turn of the nineteenth century, where he had the opportunity to explore more volcanoes than any other European naturalist before him. His findings revealed the volcanic origin of the Andes, and helped to discredit the theories of “Neptunian” geologists who believed that all the Earth’s rocks had formed by sedimentation. The atlas to Kleine Schrifteren includes several images of South American volcanoes.Book Id: 44238