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Pingenot Auction, Lot 117


117. FROEBEL, Julius. Seven Years’ Travel in Central America, Northern Mexico, and the Far West of the United States. London: Richard Bentley, 1859. xiv [2] 587 pp., engraved plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original embossed blue cloth, spine gilt lettered and decorated. Spinal extremities and hinges skillfully reinforced with matching cloth. Fine, clean condition, the plates unfoxed. Contemporary ownership inscription on half-title. Preserved in a blue cloth slipcase.
        First edition in English (first edition, Leipzig, 1857-58). Alliot, p. 84. Clark, Old South III:316: "A significant travel account." Cowan, p. 225. Graff 1448. Howes F390: "Describes several trips over the Santa Fe Trail and a journey from Tucson and the Gila to Los Angeles." Palau 95117. Parker, Travels in Central America, p. 322. Plains & Rockies IV:292:2: "Camp considered this work to be one of the most interesting books of travel through the Southwest. In 1852 Froebel traveled to Chihuahua and returned by way of the Santa Fe Trail. In 1853 and again in 1854, he travelled the same route, to Chihuahua, and then to California, arriving at Los Angeles on September 6, 1854." Raines, p. 85. Rittenhouse 231. The author includes an account of his journey from Galveston to El Paso via San Antonio, Fort Inge, Fort Clark, etc. (pp. 431-69). One of the lovely engraved plates is a Texas scene, Watering Place, called the Dead Man’s Hole, signed J. W. Whymper (opposite p. 451). Other plates of Southwestern and borderlands interests include Deserted Mission of San Xavier del Bac; Sierra de los Organos; Valley of the Rio Grande, Near Mesilla; and Saguarro Trees. Froebel’s account is excellent, evincing his keen interest in politics, science, mining, natural history, and archaeological remains.