Americana Germanica: Paul Ben Baginsky’s Bibliography of German Works Relating to America, 1493-1800
Don Heinrich Tolzmann
In the 1930s, Paul Ben Baginsky, a member of the German Department faculty of Brooklyn College, was working on a book then called “The Development of the Notion of America in Germany” when it was stopped by the lack of bibliographic data to work from. It became clear that no more progress could be made without more adequate bibliographical foundations, and that’s exactly what Baginsky set out to do. Based on, but not limited to, the extensive holdings of the New York Public Library, this book aims at being a comprehensive bibliography of the German publications dealing with any aspect of America which were published before 1800. This includes not only books, but articles, essays, and book reviews. Each entry is arranged chronologically according to the publication date. These listings are made highly accessible by the addition of extensive and detailed subject, author, and title indexes. A new introduction and a selective bibliography have been added by Dr. Don H. Tolzmann, one of the foremost German-American scholars today. Anyone seeking information on Germans in American history before 1800 should examine this work, not only for topics pertaining to German immigration and settlement, but any possible historical topic, including esoteric subjects, such as forestry, science and medicine. This book is an essential reference for colonial German-American history. (1942, 1994), 2013, 5½x8½, paper, index, 244 pp.