Vues des Cordilleres, et monumens des peuples indigenes de l'Amerique


Date: 1813



Alexander von Humboldt traveled extensively in the Americas between 1799 and 1804, exploring and describing them for the first time from a scientific angle.

This work is one of the most important publications to result from the expedition to America in 1799-1804 of the great German scientist and explorer, Alexander von Humboldt, and the botanist, Aime Bonpland. During their extensive trip, the two gathered a mass of material relating to all aspects of the New World, and their work in the field and the subsequent publications set a new standard for scientific exploration and reporting. Humboldt and Bonpland set out to investigate the area's geography, natural history, archaeology, and native customs, supplementing, their field explorations, with extensive research in Europe. The series of publications resulting from the expedition began in 1805 and took decades to publish, the present volume being the first major work from the series to appear.

Vue des Cordilleres... is most notable for its remarkable aquatint plates of scenes in South and Central America, particularly the magnificent double-page plate of the great volcano of Chimborazo in the Andean highlands. Most of these were made from Humboldt's original sketches. His involvement in the publication was close, especially in checking the coloring, which was done under his personal supervision to insure accuracy. These plates beautifully illustrate views, native costumes, and antiquities.

The work is equally important as the first extensive treatment of surviving pre-Columbian and immediately post-Columbian Indian codices. The first publication of any part of the famed Dresden Codex, the most extensive of surviving pre-Columbian codices, is found herein, again with superb colouring. There are also colored prints of the Codex Mendoza and plates drawn from various other important codices. Humboldt's treatment of them is a landmark in the rediscovery of the pre-Columbian civilizations. "Every class of Mexican, Aztec, and Peruvian Antiquity receives in this work the clearest philosophical analysis" (Field).

2 volumes in one, folio, uncut. (22 3/4 x 16 1/8 inches). Half title. Engraved dedication leaf, 69 engraved plates on 68 leaves (27 hand coloured, printed in colors or printed in colors and finished by hand [1 of these double-page], 4 printed in sepia), engraved dedication.

69 engraved plates, of which 24 are in color and 6 in sepia tones.


Field 739; Hill 839; Lipperheide 1630; Palau 117026; Pilling Proof-Sheets 1871; Sabin 33754. Donald Heald.

1. Front Cover
10. Masse detachee de la pyramide de Cholula
11. Monument de Xochiacalco
12. Volcan de Cotopaxi
13. Relief mexicain trouve a Oaxaca
14. Genealogie des princes d'Azcapozalco
15. Manuscrit hieroglyphique azteque, conserve a la bibliotheque du Vatican
16. Costumes dessines par des peintres mexicains du temps de Montezuma
17. Hieroglyphes azteques du manuscrit de Veletri
18. Vue du Chimborazo et du Carguairazo
19. Monument peruvien du Canar
2. Title Page
20. Rocher d'Inti-Guaicu
21. Ynga-Chungana, pres du Canar
22. Interieur de la maison de l'Inca, au Canar
23. Bas-relief azteque trouve a la grande place de Mexico
24. Roches basaltiques et Cascade de Regla
25. Relief en basalte representant le calendrier mexicain
26. Maison de l'Inca, a Callo, dans le royaume de Quito
27. Le Chimborazo, vu depuis le plateau de Tapia
28. Epoques de la nature, d'apres la mythologie azteque
29. Peinture hieroglyphique tiree du manuscrit borgien de Veletri, et signes des jours de l'almanach mexicain
3. Buste d'une pretress azteque [I]
30. Hache azteque
31. Idole azteque de porphyre basaltique, trouveee sous le pave ge la grande place de Mexico
32. Cascade du Rio Vinagre, pres du volcan de Purace
33. Poste aux lettres de la province de Jaen de Bracamoros
34. Histoire hieroglyphique des Azteques
35. Pont de cordage pres de Penipe
36. Coffre de Perote
37. Montagne d'Illinissa
38. Fragmens de peintures hieroglyphiques, deposes a la bibliotheque royale de Berlin
39. Peintures hieroglyphiques du musee Borgia a Veletri
4. Buste d'une pretress azteque [II]
40. Migration des peuples azteques, peinture hieroglyphique deposee a la bibliotheque royale de Berlin
41. Vases de granit trouves sur la cote de Honduras
42. Idole azteque, en basalte, trouvee dans la ville de Mexico
43. Volcan d'air de Turbaco
44. Volcan de Cayambe
45. Volcan de Jorullo
46. Calendrier des Indiens Muyscas, anciens habitans du plateau de Bogota
47. Fragment d'un manuscrit hieroglyphique conserve a la bibliotheque royal de Dresde
48. Peintures hieroglyphiques tirees du manuscrit mexicain conserve a bibliotheque imperiale de Vienne No. 1
49. Peintures hieroglyphiques tirees du manuscrit mexicain conserve a bibliotheque imperiale de Vienne No. 2
5. Vues de la grande place de Mexico
50. Peintures hieroglyphiques tirees du manuscrit mexicain conserve a bibliotheque imperiale de Vienne No. 3
51. Ruines de Miguitlan ou Mitla dans la province d'Oaxaca; plan et elevation [I]
52. Ruines de Miguitlan ou Mitla dans la province d'Oaxaca; plan et elevation [II]
53. Vue du Corazon
54. Costumes des Indiens de Mechoacan [I]
55. Costumes des Indiens de Mechoacan [II]
56. Vue de l'interieur du cratere du Pic de Teneriffe
57. Fragmens de peintures hieroglyphiques tires du Codes Telleriano-Remensis [I]
58. Fragmens de peintures hieroglyphiques tires du Codes Telleriano-Remensis [II]
59. Fragment d'un calendrier chretien tire des manuscrits azteques conserves a la bibliotheque royale de Berlin
6. Ponts naturels d'Icononozo
60. Peintures hieroglyphiques de la Raccolta di Mendoza [I]
61. Peintures hieroglyphiques de la Raccolta di Mendoza [II]
62. Fragments de peintures azteques tires d'un manuscrit conserve a la bibliotheque du Vatican
63. Volcan de Pichincha
64. Plan d'une maison fortifiee de l'Inca, situee sur le dos de la Cordillere-de l'Assuay
65. Ruines d'une partie de l'ancienne ville peruvienne de Chulucanas
66. Radeau de la riviere de Guayaquil
67. Sommet de la montagne des Organos d'Actopan
68. Montagnes de porphyre colonnaire du Jacal
69. Tete gravee en pierre dure par les Indiens Muyscas; bracelet d'obsidienne
7. Passage de la montagne de Quindiu, dans la Cordillere des Andes
70. Vue du lac de Guatavita
71. Vue de la Silla de Caracas
72. Le dragonnier de l'Orotava
73. Back Cover
8. Chute du Tequendama
9. Pyramide de Cholula

Publisher: A Paris : Chez F. Schoell, rue des Fosses-Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, no. 29




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Date Added: 2019-03-07

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