Ghillany, Friedrich Wilhelm & Humboldt, Alexander v.; Geschichte des Seefahrers Ritter Martin Behaim nach den ältesten vorhandenen Urkunden bearbeitet von Dr. F. W. Ghillany, Einleitung durch eine Abhandlung: Ueber die ältesten Karten des neuen Continents und den Namen Amerika von Alexander von Humboldt : mit einer genauen Abbildung des Behaim'schen Globus vom Jahr 1492 in zwei Plangloben nach seiner naturlichen Grosse und drei der ältesten Karten von Amerika. Nürnberg : Bauer und Raspe, 1853. Folio, (CONTAINS ONLY THE HUMBOLDT CONTRIBUTION): pp. frontispiece, title page in red-black-blue, 12, 2 maps (1 partially colored) 1 large folded colored globe map.
This elaborate work; containing Humboldt's contribution is in a 20th century linen with a paper cover title. The binding is tight with minor cover soiling. Owner's book plate on first original free end sheet. Small hole on title page repaired, light foxing to frontispiece portrait of Martin Behaim, text and maps are clean. In very good condition.
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Friedrich Wilhelm (1807-1876) was a German evangelical theologian, historian and publicist. Alexander von Humboldt (1769 – 1859) was a renowned German naturalist and explorer. Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography was the foundation of the field of biogeography. He wrote extensively on natural history, meteorology, and physical geography. He proved that the Amazon and Orinoco river systems are connected, and ascended to 5,877 m (19,280 ft) in the Andes, the highest ascent ever made at that time, researching the relation of temperature and altitude. He spent the next 20 years in Paris writing up his results. His description of his travels and observation was written up and published in several works over 21 years.
Wilhelm and Humboldt collaborated in writing on the life and exploits of Martin Behaim. Martin von Behaim (1459-1507) was a German mariner, cosmographer, astronomer, and geographer as well as a talented artist. Much of his career was in the service of the King of Portugal.
Our copy of the work contains only Humboldt's essay on the earliest maps of America and Behaim's globe. The globe is reproduced in the large elaborate colored four panel folded plate. The two single page maps by Humboldt are: "Karte von Amerika aus dem Jahre 1500 von Juan de la Cosa." and Karte von Amerika gezeichnet von Ruysch...von Ptolemaus...1508.