von Humboldt, Alexander
Eleven autograph letters signed, together 17 pages (mostly double leaves), various formats, Berlin and Potsdam, 25th January 1854 - 29th October 1856, in German, till now unknown letters from the correspondence of the great German scholars Alexander von Humboldt and Johannes Minckwitz*, not much was known so far of their close relationship - these letters are not only a testimony of the friendship of the two scholars, but they also reveal a profound exchange on many issues, where Humboldt discloses much personal information, explaining his relation and his opinions to philology and poetry which were not his fields, written and signed in dark ink, with mild browning, mostly with mailing folds, mild creasing, partly soiled, and partly with very small tears - overall in fine condition. A transcription of all letters is available on request. Accompanied by an autograph letter signed of Minckwitz. * The important philologist Johannes Minckwitz (1812-1885) has been a bit forgotten nowadays, but as translator of the classic Greek literature, author of historico-cultural treatises and lastly as poet following Platen, he ranked among the most important personalities among the German scholars of the 19th century.
|Profession||Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer - Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography|
|Year of birth||1769|
|year of death||1859|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||various formats|
|Type of Autograph||letters|
|Expert comment||Noteworthy correspondence unknown in research so far, and even including correspondence with a monarch. The content is significant as a testimony to Humboldt's late friendship and evidence of his interest in antiquity !|