Item nr. 169394 Allgemeine Darstellung der Oberflaechen der Weltkoerper unseres Sonnengebietes, besonders der Erde, des Mondes, der Venus und des Merkur's, zur Vergleichung ihrer wundervollen Naturbaue und merkwuerdigen Naturkraefte. August Heinrich Christian GELPKE.
Allgemeine Darstellung der Oberflaechen der Weltkoerper unseres Sonnengebietes, besonders der Erde, des Mondes, der Venus und des Merkur's, zur Vergleichung ihrer wundervollen Naturbaue und merkwuerdigen Naturkraefte

Allgemeine Darstellung der Oberflaechen der Weltkoerper unseres Sonnengebietes, besonders der Erde, des Mondes, der Venus und des Merkur's, zur Vergleichung ihrer wundervollen Naturbaue und merkwuerdigen Naturkraefte


GELPKE, August Heinrich Christian. Allgemeine Darstellung der Oberflaechen der Weltkoerper unseres Sonnengebietes, besonders der Erde, des Mondes, der Venus und des Merkur's, zur Vergleichung ihrer wundervollen Naturbaue und merkwuerdigen Naturkraefte. VIII, 80 pp. Illustrated with 2 large folded engraved plates coloured by hand.. 4to., 270 x 220 mm, bound in original paper-backed boards, preserved in a new red half morocco box. Leipzig: Fleischer, 1811.

First edition of this comparison of the heights of mountains on Earth, the Moon, Venus, and Mercury. The text is accompanied by two spectacular hand coloured fold-out charts engraved by Christian von Mechel.representing a form of data visualization, based on the work of Alexander von Humboldt and Heinrich Schroeter at the Lilienthal Observatory.
The first chart, Tableau des Hauteures principales du Globe, is a comparative diagram of mountain heights in different regions of the Earth, with special emphasis on mountains in Europe, in particular the Alps. The Himalayas are absent, and the tallest mountain depicted is Chimborazo, which is part of the Andes. A note mentions that the elevation was recorded by von Humboldt in 1802.
The second chart, Tableau comparatif des montagnes de la Lune, de Vénus, de Mercure et de quelques-unes des plus hautes montagnes de la Terre, features a detailed depiction of known mountain heights and crater depths on the Moon, linked to the text in the book by numbers. There is also a comparison of elevations for the principal mountains on Venus, Mercury, and on Earth.

A rare book with OCLC listing only Columbia, University of Oklahoma, Linda Hall and Moravian Collge in the US. Contemporaneous manuscript notes on the front fly-leaf. A fine unsophisticated copy with some browning in the text and a professionally repaired tear to one of the folding plates.

Item nr. 169394
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