Christoph Daniel Ebeling
|Christoph Daniel Ebeling|
Ebeling studied theology at Göttingen, but devoted himself to geographical studies, and for 33 years taught history and Greek in the Hamburg gymnasium. He was also superintendent of the Hamburg library, and collected about 10,000 maps and nearly 4,000 books relating to America. Ebeling's magnum opus was a Geography and History of North America (5 vols., Hamburg, 1796–1816), forming a continuation of Büsching's General Geography. He received a vote of thanks from the United States Congress for this work.
He was noted for his extensive knowledge of oriental languages, of classic and foreign literature, and of history and geography. Ebeling's collection was purchased by Israel Thorndike in the year after Ebeling's death, and given by him to Harvard.