Bonn: Eduard Weber, 1834. ,lviii,404pp. plus folding map. Modern red half morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Gutter of half-title remargined, faint ink stamps from the Chicago Public Library on titlepage and page one of text, small ink library notation on verso of titlepage. Minor occasional foxing with a handful of pages exhibiting a bit heavier foxing, an occasional pencil note in the margins, minor foxing to the map. Overall very good condition. Item #WRCAM56567
The second and best edition, following the first edition of 1829, of one of the most influential narratives of German travels in the United States in the early 19th-century. This second edition is the first with a map and added textual material. Duden was a government official who felt that the social ills of Germany stemmed from overpopulation. He thought emigration to America provided a solution, and decided to reside in and investigate the United States to see what conditions were like. He arrived in Baltimore in 1824 and went west by way of the Ohio River, later returning by the same route in 1827. Most of the book is devoted to his life in Warren County, Missouri, and is an important account of early Missouri and the trans-Mississippi frontier. The map, which did not appear in the first edition, shows the state of Missouri.
"[The book] exerted great influence in attracting European emigration to the Middle West" - Howes. "Its significance lies in the influence on German emigration to the United States. Duden recommended that Germans settle in the state of Missouri or north of the Ohio River...his rose-colored descriptions of life on the frontier are credited with attracting thousands of his fellow countrymen to Missouri and neighboring Illinois" - Clark. "This work had an extensive influence in directing German emigration to Illinois and Missouri" - Buck. HOWES D534. SABIN 21073. BUCK 188 (first ed). CLARK II:19 (ref).