Shortly after I told this tale I was contacted via Twitter by De Zilveren Eeuw (aka Rob), a purveyor of wonderful antiquarian publications. Rob and I have corresponded on many matters of Georgian interest and he kindly furnished me with three Dutch illustrations that tell further episodes in the life of von der Trenck and were published in the adventurer's autobiography. It is my pleasure to share these with you today and Rob has also provided translations of the original text, for which I am eternally grateful!
Part II p 166 number VII / Trenck's visit to king Friedrich of Prussia.
At last the Monarch was so touched, that he was getting up from his chair. – I noticed tears were flowing out of his eyes. – I – embraced his knees.
Part II Ip.144 number X / Trenck is coming back from the Front with 4 heads of enemies and acquires a pardon from his condemnation to death by Field-Marshall Münnich
And (I) was coming – with 4 heads, tied on the manes of the horse – back
The second illustration shows von der Trenck returning from the Front carrying the severed heads of his enemies. Condemned to death for going against his commander's orders when fighting the Turks, von der Trenck made a deal that he would bring the heads of three enemies or lose his own. Sure he would not be able to manage such a feat, Field-Marshall Münnich accepted the wager. In fact, our anti-hero returned with one to spare and once again saved his skin!
Finally Rob has treated us to a far more respectable image of von der Trenck, posed for a portrait in which he appears all innocence, though we know better.