Kosmos, entwurf einer physischen Weltbeschreibung von Alexander von Humboldt 1845-1858.
Description: First original edition of this work, bound in half brown leather. Three raised bands to spine with gilded (stripes) decorations. Embossed title to spine. Marbled boards, endpapers and block edges. Printed in original German language (fraktur). Minor to intermediate foxing but general impression is clean. Rubbing and minor staining to spine. Folding table to Vol. III. Fifth posthumous volume from 1862 absent. Overall the books are in very good condition.
Vol. I: 2+XVI+508+2pp (1845)
Vol II: 4+536+2pp (1847)
Vol III: 4+646+2pp (1850)
Vol IV: 2+690+4pp (1858)
Humboldt reintroduced Kosmos as “the assemblage of all things in heaven and earth, the universality of created things constituting the perceptible world. According to Humboldt, there are two aspects of the Kosmos, the “order” and the “adornment.” The first refers to the observed fact that the physical universe, independently of humans, demonstrates regularities and patterns that we can define as laws. Adornment, however, is up to human interpretation. To Humboldt, Cosmos is both ordered and beautiful, through the human mind.
To represent this double-sided aspect of the Kosmos, Humboldt divided this mind set into his first two volumes, the first painting a general “portrait of nature by examining outer space – the Milky Way, cosmic nebulae, and planets – and then proceeds to the Earth and its physical geography; climate; volcanoes; relationships among plants, animals, and mankind; evolution; and the beauty of nature.
In the second book, on the history of science, Humboldt aims to take the reader on an inner or “subjective” journey through the mind. Humboldt is concerned with “the difference of feeling excited by the contemplation of nature at different epochs,” that is, the attitudes toward natural phenomena among poets, painters, and students of nature through the ages.
The final three volumes are devoted to a more detailed account of scientific studies in astronomy, the Earth's physical properties, and geological formations.
- Number of Books
- Archaeology, Astronomy, Biography, Biology, Botany, Geology, History, Natural History, Physics, Science (general), Technology, Travels
- Author/ Illustrator
- Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt
- Book Title
- Kosmos, Entwurf einer physischen Weltbeschreibung
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- Publication year youngest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, Stuttgart und Augsburg
- Binding/ Material
- Half leather
- Number of pages
- 15.5×12.3 cm