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    "I leave this rule for others, when I'm dead: Be always sure you're right, then go ahead..."

    [David Crockett]: Vol. I. "Go Ahead!" No. 3. "Davy Crockett's 1837 Almanack, of Wild Sports in the West, Life in the Backwoods, & Sketches of Texas. (Nashville: Published by the heirs of Col. Crockett. [1836]). 46 [2] pp. 17 engravings. 12mo. Heavy age toning and foxing throughout. Contemporary red half-leather case with gilt lettering.

    Davy Crockett's Almanacks were extremely popular when originally printed (1835-1857), and they continue to be so, today. The precursor to modern adventure comic books, Crockett's Almanacks featured numerous engravings accompanied by tales of his exciting and generally unbelievable escapades, greatly contributing to his fame and enduring reputation as "The King of the Wild Frontier."

    Including such dramatic stories as Method of Catching Wild Horses on the Prairies of Texas, Perilous Adventure with a Black Bear, Two Panthers Killed during a Deer Hunt, A Tongariferous Fight with an Alligator, Fatal Bear Fight on the Banks of the Arkansaw and Hunting a Wild Hog in the Forests of Tennessee, this particular issue is among the most desirable in the Go Ahead! collection, as it contains an account of Crockett's death at the Alamo. It has the added cachet of being Texas-oriented, a bonus for Texana collectors.

    Although printed after his death, the Explanatory Preface on page 3 states: "Col. Crockett had prepared the matter for this year's Almanac before he went to Texas. And the last year's one having such an immense sale, he was induced to prepare matter and illustrations for several Almanacs. So that his absence for two or three years should not prevent the Almanac's being published, so that his family might have the benefit of it. From a careful perusal of his manuscript writings, there is enough to make six almanacs after the present one, and they will continue to be published until 1843."

    As enjoyable a read today as it was when published!

    Reference: Streeter 1194. Drake 13411. Rourke, p. 252.


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