Title Von Reck's Voyage: Drawing and Journal of Philip Georg Friedrich von Reck. Edited by Kristian Hvidt. With the Assistance of Joseph Ewan, George F. Jones and William C. Sturtevant.
Publisher Savannah: The Beehive Press, 1980.
Seller ID 2993qs
Oblong royal octavo, olive green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 139 pp. Fine; in a Very Good dust jacket with sunned spine and edges; edgewear. From dust jacket: In 1976 a Danish scholar, searching through heaps of manuscripts in the Royal Library at Copenhagen, found an old sketchbook, lost and forgotten for two hundred years, with some fifty beautiful drawings of colonial Georgia. The drawings belonged to, and were presumably made by, a twenty-five-year-old German colonist, Philip Georg Friedrich von Reck, who came with the Salzburgers to Georgia in 1736. When he died in the 1790s, the drawings were given to the King of Denmark, in whose library they remained unknown for two centuries. This is how a Danish author has come to edit a book on some Austrian emigrants who were brought by a British goup to Georgia in America! Idealistic and enthusiastic, well-educated and blessed with an amazing artistic gift, von Reck kept a vivid diary and made detailed pictures of what he saw in Georgia -- plants, animals, Indians, houses, boats, settlements and scenes of work and play. Each drawing is as fresh on the paper as the day it was drawn.