Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859

Manuscript Map of the Rio Negro. 1800.

map size: 40 x 30 cm ; 15 x 19 cm. extension tipped on with sealing wax.

A manuscript map by Alexander Humboldt drawn during the explorer/scientist’s voyage through South America (1799-1804). The map covers an area of 400 miles in length and centers on the Rio Negro.

Humboldt’s discovery of the link between the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers is considered one of the top achievements of the entire expedition. The map illustrates a part of the area in which he made this discovery and thus must be considered one of the most significant cartographic records of this voyage. The drawing is on parchment paper recording Humboldt’s observations in pencil and ink.

Catalog record and call number: TC Wilson Library Bell 1800 mHu Non-Circulating