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Gerstäcker, Friedrich, 1816–1872

Gerstäcker's travels : Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Ayres - Ride through the Pampas - Winter Journey across the Cordilleras-Chili-Valparaiso - California and the gold fields / translated from the German of Frederick Gerstäcker.

Additional Title(s):

Reisen. English

London : T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row; MDCCCLIV [1854]
and Edinburgh, MDCCCLIV [1854]
Physical Description:
[3], viii-290 p., [2] leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
F2223 .G4713 1854
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
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Abbey, J.R. Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 612
BEIN: Imperfect: slightly stained.
Taken from the author's Reisen. Stuttgart, Tubingen : J.G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1853.
First plate is a double leaf frontispiece, included in pagination.
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Bound in blind- and gilt-stamped red publisher's cloth. "Nelson's Modern Library", in armorial design, stamped in gilt on front cover. "Nelson's Modern Library", dated 1854: [8] p. tipped in at end.
Friedrich Gerstäcker (1816-1872), a native of Hamburg, left Germany in 1837 for a six-year stay in New York. On his return to Germany, he published two travel memoirs, and the Frankfurt government subsidized his return to America in 1849 to collect information for prospective emigrants to California. On his return home, he published several books dealing with his travels. Gerstäcker's travels (1854) is the English edition of the author's Reisen, published in Germany not long after his return to California. Nearly one half of the book is devoted to the sea journey with stops in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and the Argentine pampas, crossing the Cordilleras to Valparaiso, Chile, where he obtained passage to California. He describes San Francisco and Sacramento in the fall of 1849 as well as his experiences as a prospector on the Feather River. Leaving the gold fields, Gerstäcker then spends several weeks at the Mission Dolores before trying his luck in 1850 at the goldfields beyond Stockton at Murphy's Diggings, San Antonio, and Mokelumne. He concludes with his voyage home from California via Honolulu, Australia, and the Dutch East Indies.
Subject Terms:
Argentina -- Description and travel.
Brazil -- Description and travel.
California -- Description and travel.
Chile -- Description and travel.
Ethnic groups -- California.
Mines and mineral resources -- California.
South America -- Description and travel.
T. Nelson and Sons -- Publisher (BAC,RB)
Voyages and travels.
Chromolithographs -- 1854 (BAC,RB)
Gerstäcker, Friedrich, 1816-1872, tr.

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