Alexander von Humboldt.

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gaged, I have endeavoured to show that a certain de-
gree of scientific completene.'^s in the treatment of indi-
vidual facts, is not wholly incompatible with a picturesque
animation of style."

The substance of these comprehensive speculations
was originally delivered in the form of lectures, first in
the French language, at Paris, and afterwards in German,
at Berlin. In this profound and comprehensive work,
the author has condescended to the necessities of the
ordinary student, without sacrificing any of the higher
objects he had in view, and has produced a work scarcely
less acceptable to the profound man of science, than to
the ordinary popular student of natural philosophy The
remarks with which he has introduced it are peculiarly
interesting as a fragment of auto-biography, and may not
unfitly serve as a conclusion to this slight abstract of
some of his earlier and most laborious researches. He
has been, in a peculiar sense, the author and the con-
troller of his own life, and has marked out a path for
himself, which will remain, after his career shall have
terminated, as a monument of intellectual greatness,
more enduring than the passes of the Simplon which
memoi-ialize the physical power of a great contemporary.
Far above all such form of ambitious self-aggrandize-
ment as distinguish the world's conquerors and heroes,
Alexander Von Humboldt will be remembered as one of
the greatest ornaments of an age peculiarly remarkable
ill the world's history.



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