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Alexander von Humboldt and the United States [Premium Boxed Edition]

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Author: Eleanor Jones Harvey with a preface by Hans-Dieter Sues
Publisher: Smithsonian American Art Museum in association with Princeton University Press
Year Published: 2020
Pages: 444
ISBN Hardcover: 9780937311875

For the Humboldt enthusiast, a boxed premium edition of the book is available.

This catalogue, written by Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to accompany the exhibition Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture. The book shows how Humboldt inspired a network of like-minded individuals who would go on to embrace the spirit of exploration, decry slavery, advocate for the welfare of Native Americans, and extol America’s wilderness as a signature component of the nation’s sense of self. Harvey traces how Humboldt’s ideas influenced the transcendentalists and the landscape painters of the Hudson River School, and laid the foundations for the Smithsonian, the Sierra Club, and the National Park Service. The catalogue is co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Princeton University Press.