LEBENSBESCHREIBUNG DES BERUCHTIGTEN RAUBERHAUPTMANN SCHINDERHANNES UND EINIGER SEINER SPIESSGESELLEN.

New York: W. Radde, 1845. 4" x 6", with illustrated title and last page. 72pp. Archival repairs to inner margin of title page and a closed tear. Title page lightly dusted. Otherwise, light edge wear, clean text. Good+.

This is the first American edition and evidently the only American printing. OCLC locates only two copies. The pamphlet is printed in German. "Johannes Buckler (c. 1778-1803), nicknamed Schinderhannes, was a German outlaw who orchestrated one of the most fascinating crime sprees in German history. At 16 he was arrested for stealing" from the tanner to whom he was apprenticed. He graduated to break-ins and armed robbery on both sides of the Rhine River, the west bank of which was controlled by France. "The legend of Schinderhannes grew with every new escapade. The fact that Schinderhannes largely targeted Jews for robbery and extortion and left the peasants alone did not hurt his standing at all. After things began to get too hot for him, Schinderhannes fled across the Rhine and enlisted in the Austrian Army under the assumed name of Jakob Schweikart. He was recognized, however, by a former associate, handed over to the French authorities and imprisoned in a tower of the medieval defensive wall of Mainz. After his mistress, Juliana Blasius, was threatened with being an accomplice, Schinderhannes rolled over and testified against his fellow gangsters. Nineteen of his associates were sentenced to death. Despite his cooperation, Schinderhannes was sentenced to death as well. On September 21, 1803, he was guillotined before the gates of Mainz. More than 40,000 spectators witnessed his execution. He remains Germany's most famous outlaw. His legend still attracts a great deal of tourism to the region wherein his gang operated." Wikipedia.
OCLC 12575017 [2- Franklin & Marshall, U. Pitt.]. Not in Sabin, American Imprints, Eberstadt, Decker, BEAL, Harv. Law Cat., Marke. Item #25226

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