SCHRÖTER, Johann Friedrich (1710-1788), compiler and translator. Allgemeine geschichte der lander und völker von America. Introduction by Siegmund Jacob Baumgartens. Halle: Johann J. Gebauer, 1752-1753.
2 volumes, 4o (248 x 200 mm). Engraved allegorical frontispiece in volume one, 8 maps and 59 engraved plates, some folding, printer's device on titles, typographic decorations. (Some light browning and occasional pale spotting.) Contemporary vellum, gilt-lettered on spine, edges stained blue. Provenance: Dr. Otto L. Schmidt (1864-1935), President of the Illinois State Historical Society (bookplates).
FIRST EDITION. Schröter compiled most of his history from Rochfort, Lafiteau, Charlevoix and others. The text and accompanying illustrations describe North and South America and the Caribbean, including Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Guyana, Jamaica, San Domingo, Louisiana and the Eastern part of North America and Canada. The maps show North and South America, Mexico, and Central America, Mexico City, Hispaniola, Eastern North America and Panuo and Tiascala. The plates and views show a sugar mill, native dwellings, Inca cities, weapons and artifacts, agricultural activities, ceremonial dances and sacrifices, lacrosse and other games, hunting, canoeing, plants and animals. Borba de Moraes, p.453; Howes S200; Sabin 77989. (2)