Lives of the Brothers Humboldt, Alexander and William


Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand von Humboldt (22 June 1767 – 8 April 1835) was a Prussian philosopher, government functionary, diplomat, and founder of the Humboldt University of Berlin, which was named after him in 1949 (and also after his younger brother, Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist).


He is especially remembered as a linguist who made important contributions to the philosophy of language and to the theory and practice of education. In particular, he is widely recognized as having been the architect of the Humboldtian education ideal, which was used from the beginning in Prussia as a model for its system of education and eventually in countries such as the US and Japan.

His younger brother, Alexander von Humboldt, was famous as a geographer, naturalist, and explorer.

This antique hardcover book is bound in black cloth boards with gilt spine lettering. Clean, tight binding. Foxing throughout; some damage to front endpaper; spine ends chipped. Translated from the German, the book writes of the achievements of the von Humboldts. 398 pages; approx. 5"x8".


  • Lives of the Brothers Humboldt, Alexander and William
  • Gustav Schlesier and Hermann Klencke
  • Juliette Bauer, translator
  • Harper & Brothers, 1853