AUCTION 23

 
 

German Book on the U.S. in 1848, with Frémont’s Text & Map

 
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150. [FRĖMONT, John C.]. WEICHARDT, Karl (editor). Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nord-Amerika und deren Territorien, nebst einem Blick auf Kanada: dargestellt nach einer Unzahl der neuesten und besten Reise- und andern Werke und andern Werke und in einer auszüglichen Bearbeitung von Capitain J.C. Fremont’s Reisen nach dem Felsengebirge, Oregon und Nord-Californien in den Jahren 1842-1844, von Karl Weichardt, Pfarrer zu Hermsdorf, bei Weimar. Mit einem Stahlstich und einer Karte. Leipzig: Verlag von August Weichardt, 1848. [i-iii] iv-x, [1] 2-447 [1, errata] pp., engraved frontispiece of Niagara Falls, folding map after Frémont (Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerica und deren Teritorien nebst Canada 1848; neat line to neat line: 26.6 x 37.5 cm; overall sheet size: 31.2 x 41.5 cm). 8vo (20 x 13.5 cm), early 20th-century black cloth over black and grey marbled boards. Pencil inscription on front flyleaf (owner Lydia Durand, b. 1894, of Long Beach, California). Small ink stamps of another owner (Rau Gera) on verso of frontispiece and title. Spine beginning to separate, title and a few leaves lightly foxed, underlining in blue pencil, overall very good, map excellent. A very scarce piece of Fremontiana and a testament to the interest he evoked in readers, both in U.S. and abroad.

     First edition thus. The second part of the book contains an early German translation of Fremont’s reports of his first two expeditions. This is a reissue with an added preface of Vol. 4 of Heinzelmann’s “Weltkunde.” Also issued without the editor’s name under title Reisen durch die Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika nebst einem Ausfluge nach Kanada. The same sheets were issued twice more in 1848 under different titles, but here with a preface added. Clark, Old South III:431: “Special attention is directed to snakes in Virginia, rice fields in the Carolinas, the Indians of Florida, bear hunts, lynch laws, and itinerant preachers along the Mississippi River. Statistical information for the Ohio Valley, as well as a side trip from Louisville to Lexington.” Howes W222. Plains & Rockies IV:115:12. Sabin 102502. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 560 (map cited, but not the book) & Vol. III, p. 50: “Largely taken from Fremont, so far as the West is concerned. It has the curious legend ‘James Pikes Peak.’”

($400-800)

Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $490.00.

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