Georg Willrich. Erinnerungen aus Texas. Wahrheit und Dichtung. Aufgezeichnet während der Untersuchungshaft zu Hannover von Georg Willrich. Deutsches Original. Leipzig: Christian Ernst Kollmann, 1854. First edition. Three 16mo volumes. 173; 176; 174pp. Two pages of ads at the rear of Volume II. Contemporary quarter morocco over marbled boards. Ex-library copy. Bookplates to front pastedowns. Very good.

    "Around 1850 the German American novel developed with the arrival of German Forty-Eighters, who were busy editing newspapers and writing fiction and nonfiction. [...] Slavery repeatedly turned out to be [a] site of conflict in the predominantly antislavery novels. It also triggered the counter image of a harmonious coexistence of German immigrants and freed slaves in Georg Willrich's Erinnerungen aus Texas (Memoirs of Texas, 1854)" (Annette Bühler-Dietrich, in Germany and Americans).

    References: Thomas Adams (ed.), Germany and Americans, p. 834. Howes W509. Raines, p. 220.

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