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Xántus, János
Levelei Éjszakamerikából
Lauffer es Stolp Kiado Könyvkereskedese Tulajdona, Pesten [i.e., Budapest], 1858. 175pp., plus twelve tinted lithograph plates, including frontispiece. Original cloth boards, spine gilt and stamped in blind. Minor patches of discoloration to boards; spine ends and corners lightly worn; front joint starting at head. Scattered pencil annotations. Minor dampstaining to frontispiece, light foxing and dust soiling throughout. The unauthorized, first edition of these letters describing the American West by a Hungarian observer. Janos Xantus had escaped to the United States in 1851 from Hungary, where he had been involved in the tribulations between his own country and Austria in the late 1840s. "Unable to find work in the United States, he joined the Hungarian colony in New Buda, Iowa, which he left a year later with mutual disaffection. In 1855, without job prospects, he became naturalized in order to enlist in the U.S. Army, something he found so demeaning that he assumed a new name until discharged, Louis de Vésey. Xántus's first post was Fort Riley in Kansas Territory. Assigned hospital duty, he served under Dr. William A. Hammond, close friend of Spencer F. Baird, assistant secretary for the new Smithsonian Institution. Hammond introduced Xántus to Baird by mail, suggesting that Xántus might be a good collector. Thus began a seven-year correspondence between Baird and Xántus." - ANB. "Letters from North America, dated from 1852 to 1857, describing travels and researches chiefly in the middle western, and southwestern parts of the United States, including visits to San Franci … [Click Below for Full Description]
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