1835 DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANACK, OF WILD SPORTS IN THE WEST PUBLISHER'S SPECIMEN For Sale


1835 DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANACK, OF WILD SPORTS IN THE WEST PUBLISHER'S SPECIMEN

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1835 DAVY CROCKETT'S ALMANACK, OF WILD SPORTS IN THE WEST PUBLISHER'S SPECIMEN:
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"Arter the great fuss the public have made about an individual of my humble pretensions, and the mighty deal of attention and good cheer which I have received in all sections of the country, where I have been ahead, my heart has swelled as big as a Bison's, with pure gratitude. To repay all this, I mean to amuse them with some of my adventures with the wild varments and colts of the West, and with adventures of the backwoodsmen generally. Owing to the partiality of my fellow citizens, I have been made a Congressman, and am from home (at Washington) half the year; but should any of my readers find me "at home," on the Big Clover Creek, Tennessee, they shall be treated with a good raccoon pie, and bush eels (i. e. rattlesnakes) fried in butter - which are the dishes my wife cooks to parfection. They shall have the softest white-oak log to sit on, and the best bearskin to sleep on, which my house affords. I will take them out on a coon hunt, show 'em how to tree a catamount, and take a blizzard at a bear. They can take a walk in by crab-apple orchard, and see the alligator pear trees. And as a plain matter-of-fact, I will convince them that I can run faster, - jump higher, - squat lower, - dive deeper, - stay longer under, - and come out drier, than any man in the whole country.""Go Ahead!", Davy Crockett's ALMANACK, OF WILD SPORTS OF THE WEST, And Life in the Backwoods, CALCULATED FOR ALL THE STATES IN THE UNION, 1835. Nashville, Tenn.: PUBLISHED FOR THE AUTHOR, 1834. 12mo. 47, [1] pages, includes six full page and many small woodcut illustrations. HOWES C-897; STREETER SALE 4183; Grolier Club, 100 American Books, 39. This almanac contains supposed biographical material entitled "Davy Crockett's Early Days, Severe Courtship and Marriage"and "Davy Crockett chosen Colonel." Includes the famous double-page illustration entitled "View of Col. Crockett's Residence in West Tennessee." Purportedly written entirely by Crockett, this pamphlet is the first in the long, popular series. Bound in 3/4 red leather bordered in gilt (late 19th, early 20th century), spine lettered in gilt, exhibiting mild shelfwear. Textblock evenly agetoned, one leaf uncut; occasional random spotting; moderate edgewear, chipping, bottom corners rounded; conservation at couple closed tears, final leaf trimmed at plate with old archival paper repair at fore-edge. A unique copy, apparently a publisher's specimen copy, with "(Specimen)" inscribed in contemporary ink, and several annotations, corrections penned throughout. Additionally laid-in (originally tipped-in), are four original woodcuts for later editions (1836, 1837), proof prints, as vibrant and detailed as if they were printed yesterday. Upon examination it is clear there were more woodcuts pasted-in, but these have been lost to time. Obviously a working copy, likely that of a publisher's agent, to show prospective buyers (booksellers) illustrations for upcoming issues.

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