Stuttgart und Augsburg: J.G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1858. vi,460pp. plus twenty-four plates. Publisher's green pebbled cloth, gilt spine titles and rules, blind-stamped borders on both boards, all edges marbled. Mild shelf wear. Moderate scattered foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM56569
An authentic account of the early German experience in Texas, written by Friedrich Armand Strubberg, who was the director of the German settlement of Fredericksburg from 1846- 47. Strubberg (1806-89) was a prolific author who wrote many novels set in German Texas, including FRIEDRICHSBURG, DIE COLONIE DES DEUTSCHEN FÜRSTEN-VEREINS IN TEXAS. After his leadership of the Adelsverein in Fredericksburg went sour, Strubberg participated in the Mexican-American War then moved to Arkansas, where he served as a doctor near Camden. In 1854, he suffered a damaging insect sting to the eye and had to return to Europe for treatment. He returned to Germany, and settled down to become an author. The present work is his first novel, set on the Leona River in far south Texas, in which Strubberg revisits some of his formative experiences in the Lone Star State.
"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. It was translated into English (although Strubberg is not credited with its authorship) and published in 1864 under the title of THE BACKWOODSMAN; OR, LIFE ON THE INDIAN FRONTIER..." - Graff.
"Florid narrative, possibly based on actual experiences in the Rio Grande region" - Howes. The twenty-four plates in the work capture the majesty of the landscape and the ruggedness of the American West, with numerous scenes of Native Americans, action scenes of cowboys on horseback fighting, hunting, or killing various animals (including bears and an alligator), and scenes of cattle and buffalo rustling.
A captivating work relating to the early German experience in Texas from a man who was there. HOWES S1086, "aa." GRAFF 4015. WAGNER-CAMP 311a:1. RADEN 2996. SABIN 93102.