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    The Texas Almanac for 1867. Galveston: W. Richardson & Co., 1866. 8vo. 360. Bound in dark purple buckram over boards. Gilt lone star design to front board. Gilt lettering to spine. Spine crumbling at head and foot. Extremities of binding worn and bumped. Hinges broken. Several preliminary and final pages chipped (with no loss of text) and detached, but all pages are present. Good.

    No almanac was released for 1866, but by 1867 publisher Willard Richardson brought the new issue out in the more substantial format of the issues before the outbreak of the Civil War (during which the almanacs never exceeded 65 pages). The 1867 almanac addressed many concerns that lingered after the end of the Civil War, one of which was the continuing fluctuation in the value of Confederate and United States currency. Other articles discuss raising cattle and sheep and developing cotton as a staple crop; there was also a biography of Branch T. Archer and articles on the railroads, commerce, laws, grape-growing, and more.

    References:
    Basic Texas Books 171. Howes T138. Raines, p. 174. Winkler (vol. II) 1518.


    More Information: Jenkins in his Basic Texas Books: "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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