["GO AHEAD!" DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANACS, 1838 - 1845].

Nashville, Boston, and New York. 1837-1844. Eight issues. Individual details and paginations provided below. All with original illustrated wrappers. Condition details provided below. In a cloth chemise and half morocco and cloth clamshell box, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM55181

An impressive collection of eight of the celebrated series of ALMANACS that helped make Davy Crockett an American folk hero. The ALMANACS ran from 1835 to 1856 and although none were written by the actual David Crockett, he certainly participated in the creation of the mythical Davy, and subsequently in the creation of a large part of the myth and folklore of the frontier and the American West. Crockett's A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF DAVID CROCKETT OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE (co- authored or possibly ghostwritten by Thomas Chilton) appeared in 1834, and was seen as a "campaign biography": more or less historically accurate, but amply enhanced with promotional rhetoric and early examples of what is now recognized as the classic humor of the West and Southwest. But "it was the Crockett ALMANACS which made Crockett a legendary figure and a part of American folk- lore....Constance Rourke, Crockett's biographer, observes that the legendary Crockett stories 'constitute one of the earliest and perhaps the largest of our cycles of myth, and they are part of a lineage that endures to this day, in Kentucky, Tennessee and the Ozark Mountains'" - GROLIER AMERICAN HUNDRED. The issues included are as follows: 1) [Davy Crockett]: "GO AHEAD!" DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANACK, 1838, OF WILD SPORTS IN THE WEST, LIFE IN THE BACKWOODS, SKETCHES OF TEXAS, AND ROWS ON THE MISSISSIPPI. Nashville: Published by the Heirs of Col. Crockett, [1837]. 47,[1]pp. Stitched as issued. One inch gouge to margin of pp.1-2 (some loss to image), lower fifth of pp.37-40 trimmed away, rear leaf detaching. General wear, chipping, and light tanning throughout. Still good. Vol. 1, No. 4. The fourth of the Davy Crockett ALMANACS, with the usual great illustrations, including "A Fight between two Women, a Man and two Bears," "A Narrow Escape from a Snake," "A Kentuckian kivered up in a Salt Crib," "A Boy Killed by a Wild Cat," and many others, with outrageous stories to match. "'Mike Fink, the Ohio Boatman' is perhaps the first reference to the legendary Mike of the Crockett almanacs" - Streeter. AII (TENNESSEE) 624. DRAKE 13413. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 43979. ALLEN, TENNESSEE 1370. 2) [Davy Crockett]: "GO AHEAD!!" THE CROCKETT ALMANAC 1839. CONTAINING ADVENTURES, EXPLOITS, SPREES & SCRAPES IN THE WEST, & LIFE AND MANNERS IN THE BACKWOODS. Nashville: Published by Ben Harding, [1838]. 35,[1]pp. Untrimmed. Stitched as issued. Two small closed tears to pp.1-2 (no loss to text), otherwise very good. Vol. 2, No. 1. The fifth of the Crockett ALMANACS issued in Nashville. This issue contains tall tales and wonderful woodcut illustrations, including "Judy Finx Whipping a Catamount," "Col. Crockett and the Methodizer," and other classics. A superb example of American illustration and southwestern humor. DRAKE 13414. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 49951. STREETER SALE 4187. AII (TENNESSEE) 379. EBERSTADT 113:012. ALLEN, TENNESSEE 1462. 3) [Davy Crockett]: "GO AHEAD!!" THE CROCKETT ALMANAC 1840. CONTAINING ADVENTURES, EXPLOITS, SPREES & SCRAPES IN THE WEST, & LIFE AND MANNERS IN THE BACKWOODS. Nashville: Published by Ben Harding, [1839]. 33,[1] (of 36)pp. Untrimmed. Stitched as issued. Lower margin of pp.1-2 trimmed, with spotting and a one-inch close tear to margin (no loss of text). Lacking final leaf. Moderate wear, chipping, and light foxing throughout. Still good. Vol. 2, No. 2. The sixth Nashville Crockett ALMANAC, with more stories of mayhem and heroism in the West, graphically illustrated. The illustration on the front wrapper shows the great scout being startled by an owl; other illustrations include "Col. Crockett Beat at a Shooting Match," "Account of a Goose Pulling," "Indian Notions," "Ben Harding's Account of a Shipwreck," "The Heroine of Kaintuck," and "Col. Crockett and the Bear and the Swallows." DRAKE 13416. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 55899. ALLEN IMPRINTS 1545. STREETER SALE 4189. AII (TENNESSEE) 692. 4) [Davy Crockett]: "GO A-HEAD." THE CROCKETT ALMANAC 1841. CONTAINING SPREES AND SCRAPES IN THE WEST; LIFE AND MANNERS IN THE BACKWOODS; AND EXPLOITS AND ADVENTURES ON THE PRARIES [sic]. Boston: Published by J. Fisher, [1840]. [36]pp. Untrimmed. Stitched as issued. Ink inscription ("Oscar Lewis, his Almanac") on p.[1]. Some wear, light chipping, tanning, and foxing throughout. Good plus. Boston issue of the 1841 ALMANAC, featuring a new set of Crockett adventures, "Incivility of a Bear," "The Flower of Gum Swamp," "My Neighbour Grizzle," and "Adventure with a Rattlesnake." In the 1840s, printing was taken over by Turner & Fisher (New York, Philadelphia, and Boston) and circulation numbers increased substantially. At the same time, the humor becomes a bit rougher, with more overtly racial references and frequent use of scatological themes. DRAKE 4212. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 40-1729. 5) [Davy Crockett]: CROCKETT ALMANAC IMPROVED 1842. IMPROVED EDITION. CONTAINING REAL STORIES. Boston: Printed and Published by S.N. Dickinson, [1841]. 35,[1]pp. Untrimmed. Stitched as issued. Some wear, light chipping, tanning, and foxing throughout. Older repair to closed tear on final leaf. Good plus. Boston issue of the 1842 ALMANAC, in this case something of a thematic issue turned over to numerous accounts of Indian barbarity accompanied by some terrific woodcuts. That of "Preparations to Burn Miss Fleming" must have raised a few eyebrows in those days, as would "Massacre of a White Girl by the Indians." An occasional hunting tale is tossed in for slightly higher moral edification. Despite the sensationalism, in his preface publisher Dickinson promises to convey "interesting and valuable information, respecting the Western country." DRAKE 4236. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 41- 1370. 6) [Davy Crockett]: "I LEAVE THIS RULE FOR OTHERS WHEN I'M DEAD, BE ALWAYS SURE YOU'RE RIGHT, THEN GO A-HEAD." FISHER'S CROCKETT ALMANAC. 1843. WITH ROWS, SPREES AND SCRAPES IN THE WEST: LIFE AND MANNERS IN THE BACKWOODS: TERRIBLE BATTLES AND ADVENTURES ON SEA AND LAND. New York: Published by Turner & Fisher, [1842]. [36]pp. Dbd. Clean and bright. Very good. A crisp copy of one of two New York issues of the 1843 FISHER'S CROCKETT ALMANAC. The usual fantastic woodcuts of Crockett exploits abound, including "Crockett Waylaid by an Indian," "Crockett and the Wolves," "The Battle of Bunker Hill," Crockett and the Devil," and "The Indian, Crockett and the Boa Constrictor." DRAKE 7974. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 42-1346. 7) [Davy Crockett]: "I LEAVE THIS RULE FOR OTHERS WHEN I'M DEAD, BE ALWAYS SURE YOU'RE RIGHT, THEN GO A-HEAD." DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANAC. 1844. LIFE AND MANNERS IN THE BACKWOODS: TERRIBLE BATTLES AND ADVENTURES OF BORDER LIFE: WITH ROWS, SPREES, AND SCRAPES IN THE WEST. New York: Turner & Fisher, [1843]. [36]pp. Dbd. Clean and bright. Very good. A well-preserved copy of the New York issue of DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANAC for 1844. Some of the illustrations include "The Indian and Crockett's Grandmother," "Crockett and the Coward," "Ben Hardin and Old Coppersides," "Davy Crockett's Fight with the Buffalo and Panther," "Crockett Stopping a Duel Among his Brother Congressmen," "Crockett's Wonderful Leap and Miraculous Escape from the Indians," and "Colonel Crockett Delivering his Celebrated Speech to Congress." AMERICAN IMPRINTS 44-1864. DRAKE 8042. 8) [Davy Crockett]: DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANAC. 1845. I LEAVE THIS RULE FOR OTHERS, WHEN I'M DEAD, "BE ALWAYS SURE YOUR [sic] RIGHT, THEN GO A-HEAD." Boston: Published by James Fisher, [1844]. [36]pp. Stitched as issued. Two-inch tear to lower margin of pp.[1-2] (some loss to imprint text). Some wear, light chipping, tanning, and foxing throughout. Good. Untrimmed. In addition to the classic tales and illustrations, this issue includes "Crockett's Opinion of Oregon, and the Annexation of Texas to the U.S." Anticipating Texas's entry into the union in 1845, the author writes: "I go in for Texas....Every Texian is a Yankee o' the second breed, an he'd fight for Uncle Sam jist as soon as he'd suck a wild goose egg without spoilin the shell...." Although Oregon was not admitted until 1859, discussions were already underway in 1844. Simply put, the author is in favor: "Feller citizens, I now conclude with 27 cheers for Oregun, the 27th gun of Uncle Sam." Also included are the stories "Ben Hardin, Crockett, and Crockett's Bear, at a Skating Frolic" and a descriptive essay about "A Sucker" with additional examples of a "Puke," a "Wolverine," and a "Hoosier." DRAKE 4302. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 44-1865. A wonderful collection of Davy Crockett almanacs - from such tall tales (and from his actual exploits and adventures) an American legend was born. HOWES C897, "aa." STREETER TEXAS 1270. GROLIER AMERICAN 100, 39. David Crockett, A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF DAVID CROCKETT OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE (Philadelphia: E.L. Carey & A. Hart, 1834).

Price: $15,000.00

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