Book submission: Walachische Mahrchen

Title: Walachische Mahrchen
Author: Schott, Arthur and Albert
Publication date: Stuttgart und Tubingen
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 398.3 Sch6
Submitted by: Tara Key
This volume is enriched in two ways. It was donated to Columbia by Nathaniel L. Britton, co-founder of the Bronx Botanical Gardens. It is signed by an earlier owner on the title page, but, more important, bound in the back are about ten pages of notes that purport to be corrections to the text.

Arthur Schott, described as a geologist, poet, artist and musician, came to American shortly after this book was published and participated in the 1851 survey of the Texas/Mexico border (see Report on the United States and Mexico Boundary Survey Washington : C. Wendell, printer,, 1857), doing the stunning drawings contained within. They were somewhat controversial (in view of being in an official publication) for being slightly emotional in style. One plate is attached below.

Upon his death in 1875 the National Republican (Washington, D.C.) said: ” His knowledge was vast and profound, his accomplishments, particularly as a musician and draughtsman, accurate and agreeable…He was attractive and attaching as a companion, and his character generally was in every respect praiseworthy.”