Buenos Aires: n. p., Octubre 1921. First edition. 8vo, original printed wrappers, 39 pages. Two inserted plates, illus. Light damp-stain to the lower corner of the front wrapper and couple of leaves; small stain to the gutter of the title page and a small portion of the front wrapper; a bit worn; a very good copy. Item #15846
A promotional pamphlet for these German adepts of the divining rod, who arrived in Argentina aboard the steamer Havenstein with hopes of convincing both the Argentine government and private companies alike of their utility in water exploration and assistance to miners in locating ore. With numerous testimonial letters and accounts of von Uslar’s work in South Africa, as well as letters from American companies. (The explanatory preface notes that von Uslar had run into problems in the United States during the World War.) Franzius appears perhaps to have handled the promotional end of things, while von Uslar handled the divining rod. With a pencil inscription to the title page signed by Franzius and dated December, 1923. See Ellis, The Divining Rod (1917), which notes in its bibliography a work from 1912 on von Uslar’s work in Africa and a 1913 work on his work in Germany. This work not found on OCLC.