The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt (Pantheon Graphic Library) (Hardcover)

The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Andrea Wulf, Lillian Melcher (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Wulf, Lillian Melcher (Illustrator)
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A breathtakingly illustrated and brilliantly evocative recounting of Alexander Von Humboldt's five-year expedition in South America—from the author of Magnificent Rebels and the New York Times bestseller The Invention of Nature.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, but his most revolutionary idea was a radical vision of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. His theories and ideas were profoundly influenced by a five-year exploration of South America. Now Andrea Wulf partners with artist Lillian Melcher to bring this daring expedition to life, complete with excerpts from Humboldt's own diaries, atlases, and publications. She gives us an intimate portrait of the man who predicted human-induced climate change, fashioned poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and influenced iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, and John Muir. This gorgeous account of the expedition not only shows how Humboldt honed his groundbreaking understanding of the natural world but also illuminates the man and his passion

About the Author

ANDREA WULF lives in London. She is the author of Chasing Venus, Founding Gardeners, The Brother Gardeners, which was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and awarded the American Horticultural Society Book Award, and The Invention of Nature, a national best seller that won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Costa Biography Award, and the Royal Geographical Society Ness Award and was named one of The New York Times Top 10 Books of the Year. She has written for The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

LILLIAN MELCHER is an illustrator living and working in Boston, MA. Lillian graduated in 2016 from Parsons School of Design with a degree in illustration. She has been honored with the SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship for her picture book portfolio.

Praise For…

"Science and nature fans alike will dig into this biography with wonder and awe as they learn about a real-life naturalist." —School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781524747374
ISBN-10: 1524747378
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Pantheon Graphic Library

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