RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 34917474 LA English T1 Personal narrative A1 Humboldt, Alexander von,, Wilson, Jason,, PB Penguin Books PP London; New York YR 1995 SN 0140445536 9780140445534 AB "Alexander von Humboldt visited the tropics of the New World between 1799 and 1804. On his return he wrote this book, a classic work of travel that is also one of the great products of Enlightenment natural science. In his lifetime, Humboldt was described as "next to Napoleon, the most famous man in Europe". An admirer of the French Revolution, a Neptunist, an anti-slavist, a lover of Rousseau and Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, and a close friend of Goethe (whom he resembled), he was also a profound influence upon Darwin and the course of Victorian science, as well as upon the proponents of new world independence."--Publisher description.