Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"Alexander von Humboldt's wide-ranging Views of Nature is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century natural history, at once science and art. Mark W. Person's stunning new translation makes the wonders of this classic accessible to the English-language world of the present."--Daniel Walker Howe "author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "What Hath God Wrought" "
"Ever since his celebrated journey of exploration of the Americas, Alexander von Humboldt has been a defining figure of Western scientific culture. Today, his international reputation is enjoying a revival, especially in North America. Now the University of Chicago Press is adding to its list of Humboldtiana a new edition of von Humboldt's most readable book, Views of Nature, skillfully translated from the original German and expertly introduced. It opens up to a twenty-first-century readership the magnificent panorama of tropical American landscapes, the aesthetic pleasure of which connoted--in von Humboldt's view--the underlying harmony of lawlike unity that pervades the cosmos."--Nicolaas Rupke, Washington and Lee University "author of "Alexander von Humboldt: A Metabiography" "
"It is easy to overlook the work of the translator in reviewing a translation--a fate keenly felt by some of the learned women who slogged away at turning Humboldt's French and German prose into English in the nineteenth century. Person is to be warmly congratulated on a highly readable translation that loses nothing of the complexity of the original. I consider his "Translator's Note" a fundamental part of the translation itself, not only because it reminds us of his essential mediating role in the production of a truly modern rendering of Humboldt's work. The issues that he addresses--sensibility to Humboldt's style and sentence structure, idiosyncrasies and outdated terms in the original--confront us in a very immediate way with the business of transforming one series of ideas and images into a different language, culture, and, in this case, time. As scholars working in Humboldt studies gear up for commemorations in honor of the 250th anniversary of Humboldt's birth in 2019, this new edition of the Ansichten der Natur will prove an invaluable basis for further discussion and research."--Isis
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