US $ 42.500
Imprint: [Variously dated 1827-1829 or undated]Binding: Hardback Inscription: Signed, inscribed or annotated
13 original drawings, various mediums, various sizes., Full crushed dark red morocco titled in gilt on front board, spine richly gilt in 7 compartments, marbled endpapers, modern red cloth box, red morocco lettering piece.
A fine collection of drawings from the early days of the modern exploration of South America., Nine of the drawings are in a finished state: ready for translation by the engraver, with title and Poeppig's name beneath. Of these, eight are of landscapes which capture much of the awe-inspiring grandeur of the landscape through which he traveled searching for scientific fame and recognition. Poeppig arrived in South America in 1827, a 28-year old inspired no doubt by the accounts of the travels 20 years earlier of Baron von Humboldt and by a wish to become part of the next generation of German scientific explorers. "After visiting Chile and Peru Poeppig journeyed down the Amazon to Para. Part of his scientific collection was lost but he managed to save an enormous quantity" (Borba de Moraes). A botanist by training, another result of his travels was his Nova genera et species plantarum in regno Chilensi...(Leipzig: Hofmeister, 1835-1845), a work which established him in the scientific community to the extent that he became professor of Botany at the University of Leipzig. Simultaneously, he published his account of his pioneering travels Reise in Chili, Peru... (Leipzig: F. Fleischer, 1835-36), in two quarto volumes of text and a large folio containing plates taken, in part, from the present drawings. The drawings are as follows: 1. Un Montero. A countryman from the interior of Cuba. Pencil, 10 x 6 ½ inches, titled in ink and signed. 2. La Compana de Quillota vita del molino de Concon. Pen-and-ink, 9 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches, titled in ink, signed and dated Aug. 22, 1827. 3. Thal der Sierra Velluda in den Anden Chile. Pen, ink and wash, within ruled ink border, 9 1/2 x 15 ½ inches, titled in ink, signed and dated Jan. 1829. 4. Antuco im sudlichen Chile von der westlichen seite. Pencil, 10 ½ x 16 ½ inches, titled in pencil, signed and futher inscribed "Pampayuca. Peru. Aug. 1829" and ".. skizzeit Marz 1829". 5. Talcahuano vista tomado en la Playa de Galvez. Pencil, 10 1/2 x 16 ½ inches, titled in pencil, signed and dated 25 May 1828. 6. Anden von Antuco. Geshdn zon der eblne von Los Angeles, provinz Concepcion. December 27 1828. Pencil, 10 ½ x 16 ½ inches, titled in pencil, signed and further inscribed "Pampayuca. Peru. Sept. 1829". 7. Laguna del Vulcan in den Anden Antuco's in den sudlichen Chile. Pencil, 10 ½ x 16 ½ inches, titled in pencil, signed and further inscribed, indistinct, but noting that the drawing was finished in Pampayuca in September 1829. 8. Talcahuano vista tomada en el Camino de San Vincente. Pencil, 10 x 16 inches, titled in pencil, signed and dated 15 May 1828. 9. Vista en Cima de la Centinela tomada en Agosto MDCCCXXVIII. Pencil, 10 ½ x 16 ½ inches, titled in pencil. The remaining drawings include: a pencil, pen and wash drawing of a man (possibly a self-portrait) carrying a spear and a portfolio, accompanied or being chased by a dog, on a track in a volcanic high-mountain landscape (15 x 8 ¾ inches); an unfinished landscape, trees in the foreground, a smoking volcano in the background, pencil (10 ½ x 16 inches); "Rancho bei Concon. 1827," pencil sketch, further inscribed but indistinct (8 ½ x 10 ½ inches); and an unfinished sketch of a wooded landscape, mountains beyond, pencil, various indistinct inscriptions, but dated 1829 (10 ½ x 16 ½ inches)., Cf. Borba de Moraes (1983) p.681; cf.Palau 229613; cf. Sabin 63629.
Stock number: 2878.
Bookseller's details and sales conditions: Donald Heald Rare Books, Prints & Maps