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    The Texas Almanac for 1860, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, Bound in One Volume. D. Richardson: Galveston, Houston, Austin, 1859, 1860, 1862, 1862, 1864, and 1864. 8vo. 228; 252; 56; 64; 48; 64 pp. Bound in three-quarter calf with marbled paper over boards. Leather title label on spine with gilt lettering. Almanacs are bound without the decorative paper wraps. Foxing throughout. Binding scuffed and bumped. Top inch of spine pulled free and torn, but complete; foot of spine separating. Hinges weak. Lower portion of final page of the 1865 issue missing. Very good.

    Howes notes that "issues for 1862-3-4-5 are the most uncommon." Because of the Union occupation of Galveston Island, the printing of the Almanac moved to Houston and then to Austin during the Civil War. Jenkins writes in Basic Texas Books: "Remarkably, scaled down versions of the almanacs were nevertheless issued during every year of the war. During this period, however, David and Willard parted company temporarily, Willard publishing the Galveston Weekly News in Houston and David publishing the State Gazette and Texas Almanac Extra in Austin. They quarreled publicly over ownership of the almanac, but finally settled their differences."

    References:
    Basic Texas Books 171. Howes T138. Raines, p. 174. Winkler (vol. I) 1204, 1373; (vol. II) 448, 449, 1226, 1227.


    More Information: Jenkins, in his Basic Texas Books, writes: "The Richardson almanacs comprise one of the finest research sources for virtually every aspect of 19th century Texas history. Particularly in the pre-war issues, there are literally dozens of memoirs, biographies, and historical essays of great value. Most of these articles were written from interviews with participants, or by the participants themselves. Much of our surviving eyewitness information on the Texas Revolution and Republic of Texas appears in the Richardson almanacs, as well as a vast amount of economic and statistical data." Raines maintains that "no collection of Texana [is] complete without Richardson's Texas Almanacs."

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