Narrative of a Journey Round the World, Comprising a Winter Passage across the Andes to Chili, with a Visit to the Gold Region
Publisher: Hurst & Blackett
3 volumes. viii+360 pages+[16 ads]; iv+343+[8 ads] pages; iv+351+[1 ad] pages. Small octavo (7 7/8" x 5 1/4"). Issued in decorative cloth with gilt lettering to spine. First English edition in a custom made slipcase.
Friedrich GerstÃ¤cker was a German traveler and novelist. After being apprenticed to a commercial house, he learned farming in Saxony, but in 1837 engaged as a cabin-boy on a vessel bound from Bremen to New York. In America he wandered over a large part of the United States, supporting himself by whatever work came to hand. After wandering through most of the United States, spending some time as a hunter and trapper in the Indian territory, and in 1842 keeping a hotel at Point CoupÃ©e, Louisiana. His writingsâ€”in the form of essays, short stories, and novelsâ€”provide insights into folkways, social conditions, popular religion, gender roles, and a host of other topics relating to backwoods life in Arkansas. After his return to Germany, GerstÃ¤cker began a career as a writer, based initially on his American experiences.
Inner hinges cracked, corners bumped and rubbed, rubbing to extremities, embossed gilt stamping on spine dulled, previous owner name on front paste downs else good to very good.
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