Richthofen, Ferdinand von, German traveller, geographer, and scientist (1833-1905). Autograph letter signed ("vRichthofen").

Berlin, 6 Jan. 1897.

8vo. ½ page on bifolium.


Agreement to a draft signed by Damer, Delbrück, and Diels.

Richthofen is noted for coining the terms "Seidenstraße" and "Seidenstraßen" = "Silk Road(s)" or "Silk Route(s)" in 1877. The Richthofen Range (aka the Qilian Mountains), a northern outlier of the Kunlun Mountains, forming the border between Qinghai and the Gansu provinces of northern China, were named after him.

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