New York: Harper and Brothers, 1855.
Hardcover. Very good-. Early reprint (first American edition published 1853). 624 pp, in original blind-stamped cloth binding. One page loosened from binding, otherwise a very good, clean copy with nice provenance information. Small private library bookplate of Ohio attorney Jabez Dickey on front pastedown and handwritten note on front flyleaf reading "Jabez Dicket. Mt. Gilead, Ohio. May 8 /69 $1.50." Gerstäcker (1816-1872) was an adventurous German writer who first attracted notice when his mother published the diaries he sent home describing his travels in the United States, during which he kept a hotel in Louisian and spent time as a hunter and trapper in Indian territory, among other pursuits. Between 1849 and 1852, he Gerstäcker travelled around the world, visiting North and South America, Polynesia, and Australia. This account of his travels was published upon his return to Germany. He later went to Egypt and Abyssinia, the West Indies, and back to South America, and published many novels, as well as travel narratives, based on the sights and scenes he witnessed.