Vienna: Wimmer, Schmidt and Leo, 1845. The entire title is translated as 'My Trip to North America in the Year 1842 with Statistical Observations on the Condition of the Catholic Church up to the most Recent Time.' Bound in rubbed half sheep and marbled boards, with hinges firm Leather binding with marbled paper. Written in German Fraktur, 476 pp. Foldout map of the United States east of the Mississippi, with all the German Catholic Missions. viii, [4], 479, [2], [1 blank] pp. Scattered and generally light foxing to text. With a large folding map of the United States east of the Mississippi River, outlined in color and noting the German Catholic Missions. Except as noted, Very Good.

After completing his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1837, Salzbacher decided to visit every German Catholic mission in Great Britain and North America in order to acquaint himself, and his fellow Catholics, with the work of their church in English-speaking lands.
The table of contents for the first part of the book, covering the British Isles, appears at the beginning. The table of contents for the rest of the book, covering the trip from London to America, and then the tour of many locations in America, appears in German style, at the end, followed by a page of errata. Salzbacher started from New York and traveled through Baltimore, Richmond, Charleston, Pittsburgh, Louisville and St. Louis, and back to New York via Detroit and Buffalo. He provides much commentary on Catholic institutions in the South, and an overview of the progress the Church has made in America from its first mission in 1789 to the present. He constructs several tables showing the growth in dioceses, bishops, churches, priests and seminaries, very detailed accounts of personnel, male and female, and other features of each of the 21 dioceses currently in America (p. 398), the population served by the church, the "amazing" [erstaunlich] growth of the Catholic Church in America in 50 years. Appended are a number of acts and charters of several North American churches as well as churches in Great Britain. Inside the back cover is a fold-out map in color of the United States, showing each catholic diocese and the year of its establishment.
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