Essay On The Geography Of Plants

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byAlexander von Humboldt, Aimé BonplandEditorStephen T. Jackson

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The legacy of Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) looms large over the natural sciences. His 1799–1804 research expedition to Central and South America with botanist Aimé Bonpland set the course for the great scientific surveys of the nineteenth century, and inspired such essayists and artists as Emerson, Goethe, Thoreau, Poe, and Church.

The chronicles of the expedition were published in Paris after Humboldt’s return, and first among them was the 1807 “Essay on the Geography of Plants.” Among the most cited writings in natural history, after the works of Darwin and Wallace, this work appears here for the first time in a complete English-language translation. Covering far more than its title implies, it represents the first articulation of an integrative “science of the earth, ” encompassing most of today’s environmental sciences.  Ecologist Stephen T. Jackson introduces the treatise and explains its enduring significance two centuries after its publication.

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The legacy of Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) looms large over the natural sciences. His 1799–1804 research expedition to Central and South America with botanist Aimé Bonpland set the course for the great scientific surveys of the nineteenth century, and inspired such essayists and artists as Emerson, Goethe, Thoreau, Poe, and Churc...

Stephen T. Jackson is professor of botany and ecology at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. Sylvie Romanowski is professor of French literature at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.87 inPublished:May 30, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226054735

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Table of Contents

Preface           

Note to the Reader

Note on Nomenclature

Note on Units 

Acknowledgments  
Introduction: Humboldt, Ecology, and the Cosmos

Stephen T. Jackson

Translator’s Note  

Sylvie Romanowski 
Essay on the Geography of Plants 

            Alexander von Humboldt, translated by Sylvie Romanowski

Text of Humboldt’s Tableau physique  

            Translated by Sylvie Romanowski

Humboldt’s Pictorial Science: An Analysis of the Tableau physique
des Andes et Pays voisins

Sylvie Romanowski

Plant Species Cited in Humboldt’s Essay and Tableau physique

            Stephen T. Jackson

Instruments Utilized in Developing the Tableau physique

            Stephen T. Jackson

Biographical Sketches

            Stephen T. Jackson

Bibliographical Essay and Bibliography

            Stephen T. Jackson

Color plate, Tableau physique