Illustrations — THE
LEGEND of the ALAMO
Crockett's almanack of wild sports in the west, life in the backwoods,
& sketches of Texas. Vol. I, no. 3, 1837. Nashville,
Tenn.: Published by the heirs of Col. Crockett, 1836. 12mo (20 cm; 8"). 46, 
Click the images for enlargements.
Baron Münchhausen's adventures have precious little on some of the adventures in this
compilation of whoppers, as for example, “A tongariferous fight with an alligator” or “A corn
cracker's account of his encounter with an eelskin.” Other adventures are close to believable; but ALL
mine the classic vein of American, especially Western American, humor that these “almanacks” both
flourished and audaciously extended. Nor is sentimentality quite neglected; see, “Delights of a
Summer Evening in Florida.”
This issue of this almanac is, above all, significant for its account of the “Battle of San Antonio de
Bexar, heroism and death of Col. Crockett,” which sets it well apart from and above all the others in
the series. “It was the Crockett Almanacks which made Crockett a legendary figure and part of
American folk-lore” (Grolier, American One Hundred), and it was his death at the Alamo that
For POST-1820 AMERICANA,
The wood-engraved full-page illustrations, 13 in all, are often outrageous! So, too, are the smaller in-text ones, (e.g., p. 46, “An Arkansaw Toothpick”).
it's hard to overstate the word by word, page by page, picture by picture
charm of this exemplary Americanum.
Streeter, Texas, 1194; American Imprints 37039; Drake,
Almanacs, 13411; Allen, Tennessee, 1286; Grolier, American One Hundred, 39.
A tattered copy, especially in the foremargins. Original stitching and later oversewing ending in a
loop for hanging on a nail. Though this has clearly been through some “adventures” itself, the
tattering results in NO LOSS of text or images. (25332)
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