Fredericksburg at Fifty
220. PENNIGER, Robert [G.] (editor). Fest-Ausgabe zum 50-jährigen Jubiläum der Gründung der stadt Friedrichsburg. Eine kurzgefasste Entwickelungs-Geschichte der vom Mainzer Adelsverein gegründeten deutschen Kolonien in Texas, nebst Chronik der Stadt Friedrichsburg. Mit Illustrationen. Fredericksburg: Verlag von Robert Penniger, n.d. . 210 [9, ads] pp., 16 photographic plates (some with two images per plate), folding chart showing assessed value of Gillespie County from 1849 to 1890, some text illustrations (mostly in ads). 8vo (20.7 x 14.2 cm), original red cloth over pale olive green boards printed in red and black. Fragile binding lightly shaken, water stain on lower board, hinges cracked (but holding), endpapers browned, interior very fine.
First edition of “a highly interesting sketch of a phase of Texas history which is practically unknown in Anglo-American circles” (Rudolph Kleberg, Jr. in “The Communistic Colony of Bettina,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly Online, Volume 3, p. 33). CBC 1921. Eberstadt 163:521: “There is a wealth of material on its origin, early days, Indian relations, etc. The editor published a local weekly German paper.” Vandale 130. This history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County published on its fifty-year anniversary includes the first German expeditions to Fredericksburg; Mainzer Adelsverein; Meusebach and the Comanche; captivities; Mormon colony (not in Flake); lynch laws; Civil War; social and civil activities; leading citizens; and so forth. Among the photographic plates is one of the spectacular granite pluton Enchanted Rock. Handbook of Texas Online: Robert G. Penniger:
The ads, some of which are pictorial, include M. Halff & Bros., Pearl Beer (with bird’s-eye view of the brewery in San Antonio), Lone Star Brewing Company (with Texas lone star topped by American Eagle), Nimitz Hotel, Charles Schreiner, and Buckhorn Saloon. ($200-400)
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