Ferdinand Emmerich

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Ferdinand Emmerich

Ferdinand Emmerich , also Ferdinand Emmerich-Hoegen (born July 8, 1858 in Viersen-Hamm , † August 2, 1930 in Pasing ) was a German researcher , adventurer and travel writer.


Emmerich spent his childhood and youth in Hamm. The ethnologist Adolf Bastian frequented his parents' house , through whom he received his first impressions of distant countries. He received further suggestions from the writer Friedrich Gerstäcker , with whom he already exchanged letters as a boy.

He broke off his studies and traveled as a cabin boy to China, from where he got to know the island world of the South Seas. He had completed a medical degree in Palermo in 1886. In the following years he traveled around the world. He traveled to South America, Mexico, North America, Java, Borneo, China, Tibet and Ceylon, probably on behalf of scientific institutions. He took part in the Boer War and hoped from Burma to penetrate the still unexplored southern Tibet, but this was prevented by the outbreak of the world war.

So he returned to Germany in 1915 and then began to evaluate his travels as a writer. After a few shorter articles, he published in book form from 1918. He mainly wrote novels for young people in the style of expedition and adventure reports . Between 1923 and 1925, a twelve-volume series World Travel and Explorer Adventure was published . The veracity of his works is controversial.

Works (selection)

  • Guide for emigrants
  • On secret routes to Tibet
  • In the Antilles
  • The Orinoco Riddle , Stuttgart: G. Weise 1929
  • The hermit of Guyana
  • The whale catcher experiences of a German seaman
  • Through the pampas of Argentina
  • Guardian of the Wilderness
  • In the Gran Chaco of Paraguay
  • In the heart of Brazil
  • In the kingdom of the sun god
  • In Mexican primeval forests
  • Beyond the equator
  • Headhunters in Borneo travelogue
  • Coolies Tiger Crocodiles
  • New Zealand world travel and explorer adventures
  • Right across Hawaii
  • Forays through Celebes
  • Among the indigenous peoples of southern Brazil
  • Among the savages of the South Seas
  • World journeys and explorers' adventures (6 volumes: 1st volume Among the savages of the South Seas , 2nd volume In Mexican primeval forests , 3rd volume In the kingdom of the sun god , 4th volume Beyond the equator , 5th volume Forays through Celebes , 6th volume Across Hawaii )


  • Margret Meyer: Emmerich, Ferdinand (article in: Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon. Biographisch-Bibliographisches Handbuch. , Founded by Wilhelm Kosch, continued by Bruno Berger; 3rd edition; fourth volume: Eichenhorst-Filchner; Francke Verlag, Bern and Munich 1972, Sp. 229–230) (with a very detailed catalog of works, arranged by year of publication from 1918 to 1939)
  • Heinrich Pleticha, Siegfried Augustin: Lexicon of adventure and travel literature from Africa to Winnetou. Edition Erdmann in K. Thienemanns Verlag, Stuttgart, Vienna, Bern 1999, ISBN 3 522 60002 9

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