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    Fr[iedrich] W. V[on] Wrede. Lebensbilder aus den verenigten Staaten von Nordamerika und Texas. In der Fortsetzung nach Tagebüchern und mündlichen Mittheilungen bearbeitet. Vorwort von Emil Drescher. Cassel: Theodor Fischer, 1844. 8vo, v; 324 pages. First edition. Contemporary calf back over marbled boards, stamped and lettered in gilt on the spine. Streeter Texas 1560: "These Lebensbilder include accounts of three visits to Texas made by Captain Wrede, a retired officer of the Hannover army, who came to the United States in the year 1835. The first Texas visit was from February to May, 1836, the second from May to September, 1838, and the third from May to September, 1841. Excellent source materials for conditions in Texas at the time." Raunick, Survey of German Literature in Texas p.136: "It is said to have influenced many wavering Germans to sell their belongings and immigrate to Texas." "Wrede's Sketches, an epistolary travel book, is a generally realistic account of opportunities and difficulties of colonists on the American frontier, especially in Texas. The book helped to influence prospective German settlers to come to Texas, in spite the negative effect of Wrede's own violent death in Texas the following year. He was killed and scalped by Indians." (Handbook of Texas Online). Binding worn and partially perished at the top of the spine, joints and corners, joints starting. Ex-library copy, with labels or remnants of labels on the spine and endpapers, and with ink stamps to the top edge and to the title page. Front free endpaper torn at bottom fore-edge corner with some loss. Sheets browned and foxed. Altogether, a very good copy. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and quarter leather book-backed slipcase.

    Reference: Graff 4751. Howes W690. Buck 305. Streeter 1560, locating only seven copies.


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