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Pingenot Auction, Lot 300

300. [STRUBBERG, Friedrich Armand]. The Backwoodsman, or, Life on the Indian Frontier. Edited by Sir C. F. Lascelles Wraxall, Bart. [pseudonym]. London: John Maxwell and Company, 1864. iv, 428 pp., engraved frontispiece, pictorial title, 10 engraved plates (sporting scenes). 8vo, original green gilt-pictorial pebbled cloth. Hinges neatly reinforced, else very fine and bright.
         First edition in English of author’s first book (first published at Stuttgart and Augsburg in 1858 under title Amerikanische Jagd- und Reiseabenteuer; the present work is an uncredited translation). Fifty Texas Rarities 40n (citing the German edition): "Strubberg was born in Germany in 1808. He came to America [and] settled in Texas....As director of the Deutschen Fürsten Verein, he established several colonies in Texas." Graff 4016: "The scene is laid on the Leona, a tributary of the Rio Grande. The author describes in great minuteness several years of his life there. In no other work in German literature and perhaps in no other literature, has the prairie been portrayed with more skill than in this work." Howes S1086. Rader 3742. Plains & Rockies IV:311a:3: "Strubberg’s adventures took place largely in Texas but include a visit to the Rockies in 1843, where he met Sir William Drummond Stewart."