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Noth- und Hungerpredigt; oder: Herzensergiessungen eines alten Dorfpfarrers auf dem linken Rheinufer.
[No place or printer], 1817. SOLE EDITION. 8vo, pp. 24; a little spotted and browned; contemporary blue marbled boards; remnant of paper label on spine; collector's stamp of Ernst Klug of Wörrstadt on title; ownership inscription by the priest J. Ph. Lattermann of Großbockenheim, dated 1841 on front fly-leaf; anonymous author identified by him in a 6-line manuscript entry on title. This very rare pamphlet (Misery and Hunger Sermon), written in the form of a church sermon, sheds light on the economic, political and social situation of the parts of Germany situated West of the Rhine, which had enjoied over 20 years of French rule, from the democratic freedoms promulgated by the directoire and the French Republic to the militarist dictatorship of Napoleon. The author Walter (1769-1831), a priest in the Palatinate, describes the suffering of the poor during the 'year without a summer', 1816. It has recently been discovered that this particularly bad year resulted from the outbreak of the volcano Tambora in Indonesia, with its huge ash cloud changing the weather worldwide and leading to major food shortages over the northern hemisphere. This induced a huge wave of emigration, mainly to the United States. The population of central Europe had been impoverished anyway by the Napoleonic wars and the hunger and bad harvests moved them to abandon Europe for good. Walter exclaims 'How big, mericful God, must be the misery, if poor, helpless men are leaving in droves the dear and sweet fatherland, and sell themselves to the slave traders to be able to afford the travel and to work as sl … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Pickering & Chatto [London, United Kingdom]
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