Med guds walsignande nad och wederborandes tilstand yttrade tankar, om nyttan, som kunnat tilfalla wart kjara fadernesland, af des nybygge i America, fordom Nya Swerige kalladt, under hogadle och widtberomde oeconomie professorens och Kongl. Wetensk. Academies ledamots herr Pehr Kalms inseende, til allmant omprofwande och forswarande den 13. Julii. 1754. i Abo Acad. ofre laro-hus, for magister wardighetens arhallande, af Daniel And. Backman, Alandninge. Pehr Kalm, Daniel Andreae Backman.
New Sweden, the Swedish Colony in North America

Med guds walsignande nad och wederborandes tilstand yttrade tankar, om nyttan, som kunnat tilfalla wart kjara fadernesland, af des nybygge i America, fordom Nya Swerige kalladt, under hogadle och widtberomde oeconomie professorens och Kongl. Wetensk. Academies ledamots herr Pehr Kalms inseende, til allmant omprofwande och forswarande den 13. Julii. 1754. i Abo Acad. ofre laro-hus, for magister wardighetens arhallande, af Daniel And. Backman, Alandninge

Abo [Turku]: Tryckt, hos [...] Jacob Merckel, 1754. First edition. Bound by sewing. Partly unopened. Untrimmed. (6), 15, (1) p. Title page stained, with an inkblot to the upper edge, and first leaf. Name inscription on title page. Stains throughout. Edges chipped. Overall in very good condition.

An academic thesis on the Swedish Colony in North America.

Daniel Andreas Backman’s dissertation, supervised by Pehr Kalm, “on the benefits our dear fatherland could have had from its settlements in America, formerly known as New Sweden”, which gives a short sketch of New Sweden and the South Company (Johnson, p. 782.), the Swedish trading company, which supported the trade between Sweden and its North American colony.

New Sweden was part of Swedish colonization efforts in the Americas, the settlements were established along the lower reaches of the Delaware River (present-day American Mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) from 1638 until it was conquered by the Dutch Republic in 1655 and incorporated into the Dutch colonies of New Netherland.

Pehr Kalm (1716−1779), was a disciple of Linnaeus, a botanist, explorer, botanist, naturalist, agricultural economist and a well-known professor of economics in Turku (Abo). Kalm traveled through North America between 1748 and 1751, on the commission of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, “to search for plants of sufficient economic significance to merit their introduction into Sweden and Finland, and to supply scientific information and specimens to Linnaeus”. (Larsen, p. 216.) His 3-volume travelogue “En Resa til Norra America” was published in Stockholm (1753 –1761), and it was translated into German, Dutch, and French.

Ref.: Bradford II. 2774. (“Not in Brinley, Barlow, Field or Murphy catalogs. Nor in Sabin.”)

Bibliography: Johnson, A.: The Swedish Settlements on the Delaware, 1638–1664. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield Co., 1996.; Larsen, E. L. (trans. and ed.): Peter Kalm's America: The Benefits which England Could Derive from her Colonies in North America. In.: Pennsylvania History. Quarterly Journal of the Pennsylvania Historical Association. Volume XXII. January–October. Pittsburgh, 1955. pp. 216–228.

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