By: Alexander von Humbolt
375 pages, no illustrations
The first volume of 'Cosmos', his five-volume survey of the universe, appeared in 1845, though Humboldt had labored on the entire work for nearly half a century. He scrupulously sent sections of the work to other experts for suggestions and corrections. The last volume, put together from his notes after his death, appeared in 1861. The volumes were translated almost as rapidly as they appeared. This paperback edition reprints the Harper & Brothers edition, published in New York in 1858-59.
A century and a half after its initial publication, the book remains a work of enduring value. Magnificently written, with an enduring message to convey 'Cosmos' merits a place in the library of every person who wishes to be truly well educated in the history of the natural sciences.--'Science Books and Films'
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