[David Crockett]. Davy Crockett's Almanack, of Wild Sports in the West, Life in the Backwoods, Sketches of Texas, and Rows on the Mississippi. Vol. 1 "Go Ahead!" No. 4. Nashville: Published by the heirs of Col. Crockett, [1838]. 12mo, 47 pages. Illustrated with thirteen engravings. Printed wraps. Sewn textblock. Moderate foxing scattered throughout.

    Includes dramatic stories such as "A Narrow Escape of a Woman from a Panther in Texas"; "A Tennessee Rifleman at the Battle of New Orleans"; "A Fearful Incident at the Cumberland Gap, in Western Virginia"; "A Buffalo Hunt on the Grand Prairie of Arkansaw"; "Fight with a Great Black Bear - Rescue of a Man"; and "A Rough and Tumble Fight on board a Steamboat". Of note is the inclusion of "Crockett and Santa Anna," an account of Crockett's attempt on the life of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna shortly before the massacre at the Alamo, in part: "He [Crockett] made so good a shot at him as to come near taking his life, which so enraged the General, that he resolved to storm the fort the next day." Also included is the story of "Mike Fink, the Ohio Boatman," quite possibly the first reference to the famous Mike, known throughout the Crockett Almanacs.

    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."

    Streeter included this particular volume "because of 'Texas' in the title though the only sketch with the scene laid in Texas, and it might have been anywhere else in the Southwest, is 'A Narrow Escape of a Woman from a Panther in Texas.'"

    Reference: American Imprints (1837) 37-43979. AII, Tennessee Imprints 624. Drake 13413. Rourke, p. 252. Sabin 17576. Streeter 1270.

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