Die nordamericanischen Freistaaten. (Uebersetzung.). A. Dudley Mann.
German Emigration Book to the United States

Die nordamericanischen Freistaaten. (Uebersetzung.)

Bremen: Druck und Verlag von C. Schünemann, 1845. First edition. In blue paper. VIII, 326, (2) p. Partly untrimmed, uncut. With the stamp of the “Sozialdemokratischen Vereins, Bremen” on title page. With several newspaper clippings from 1881 and 1882 related to the text mounted onto pages, with no effect on legibility. Foxing throughout. Overall in very good condition.

Guid book about the United States for German emigrants.

Gives a detailed description of 27 American states that admitted to the Union until the date of the publication, and in addition about Iowa and Wisconsin. It also includes a forty-page description of the United States, the biography of George Washington and the translation of his Farewell Address, that is most likely the first European edition in German translation of the speech.

The book starts with the description of the Thirteen Colonies that formed the United States in 1776, gives detailed information about their geography, demography, political and legislative system, history, and provides also an agricultural and economic overview. The second part is the description of the United States, its political, legislative system, its history and economy, it gives information about the United States Army, the immigration, and about the agriculture and religion of the US. This followed by the description of the other sixteen states, and the fifty-page biography of George Washington, that includes the German translation of the entire Farewell Address. We could not trace any earlier German translations of the text that was published outside the US.

The author, Dudley Ambrose Mann (1801–1889) was an American diplomat and politician, the consul of the United States in Bremen in 1842, the time when its harbour served as the most important and busy emigrant harbour of Central Europe. Later Mann has held various offices in Hungary and Switzerland, in 1853 he was appointed the first ever Assistant Secretary of State, and from 1861 served as the commissioner of the Confederate States of America for Belgium and the Vatican.

Sabin 44309; Howes US IANA M256.

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Price: €3,600.00

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