Beschreibung der Vereinigten Staaten von Nord-Amerika nach Ihren Politischen, Religiösen, Bürgerlichen und Gesellschaftlichen Verbindungen, mit Besonderer Berücksichtigung Deutscher Anfiedelungen Daselbst
Mannheim: Verlag von Tobias Löffler, 1833. 344pp. Contemporary half calf and boards, manuscript spine label. Moderate wear to spine ends and corners, boards rubbed. Ink stamp on title page. Light foxing and soiling to text. About very good. Item #3433
Second edition, enlarged, after the first of 1832. This early emigrant guide was published near the beginning of the great flow of German immigration to America in the 19th century, during which time nearly six million Germans emigrated to the United States. Eggerling gives a general introduction to the geography, nature, climate, history, economy and customs of North America, gives a detailed description of the states and regions, and concludes with an overview of the history of the German colonies in North America. Not much is known about the author. A somewhat shorter first edition of the work was published under a slightly different title in 1832 in Wiesbaden (Kurze Beschreibung der Vereinigten Staaten von Nord-Amerika), and a third edition appeared in 1839 by the same publisher as the present edition. We locate several copies of this edition in European libraries but only one in North America, at the University of Illinois; the first edition is also quite scarce.
Howes E78. Sabin 22048.