Nashville: Published for the Author, [ 1835]. 48pp. including illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers. Spine perished, re-sewn at later date, cloth loop affixed at top of spine. Small repaired tear to outer margin of first leaf; expertly-repaired diagonal tear in the first leaf, penultimate leaf, and last leaf, mildly affecting text; a few short repaired marginal tears; minor staining, moderate foxing. Overall good plus. Item #WRCAM55401
Volume 1, number 2 of the Crockett series of almanacs, and the last to be published in Crockett's lifetime. These earliest editions of the Crockett almanacs are quite scarce. The illustration on the front wrapper shows "Col. Crockett's Method of Wading the Mississippi," with Crockett striding across on stilts. In one paragraph of the text Crockett explains why he "didn't speechify in Congress the last Winter." The reason was that his "throat and jaws were so exflunctoficated with the influenza that I even snored hoarse." The illustrations and narrative text are typically wild and woolly, including Davy's fight with a giant catfish; the story of the Parson and his dinner of "bush eels"; Ben Harding's encounter with an alligator; Judy Coon stomping a nest of wild kittens to death; Zip Spooner's melee with a black bear; and similar ilk. From such tall tales legends are born. HENDERSON, p.96. HOWES C897, "aa." STREETER SALE 4184. ALLEN IMPRINTS 1201. DRAKE 13408. GROLIER AMERICAN 100, 39. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 31279. SABIN 17576 (ref).