The Ayesha: Adventures of the Landing Squad of the EmdenIntroductory Note
I discovered this little book in an antique store and picked it up because I had heard of the cruise of the German commerce raider Emden, quite famous in World War I naval history. That, and I like a good sea story.
What is peculiar about this book, presumably first published in German but translated into English in the United States, is that it is a World War I story published in the U.S. that takes the German side during the war. The copyright date is 1917, which would be while the war was still going on, though possibly before the United States entered the war against Germany on April 6, 1917. Further, it was copyrighted by "Ritter & Company" of Boston. This is suggestive because "Ritter" is the German word for "knight," so possibly this was a publishing company owned by a German, and perhaps it published materials sympathetic to Germany, possibly with the intent of influencing debate in the United States regarding entry into the war.
THE ADVENTURES OF THE LANDING SQUAD
TRANSLATED BY HELENE S. WHITE
RITTER & COMPANY
Copyright, 1917, by RITTER & COMPANY
All rights reserved, including the translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian
THE PLIMPTON PRESS