[ALMANACS]. SMITH, Seth. General Taylor’s Old Rough and Ready Almanac 1847. With Engravings, Descriptive of the Battles, and Incidents of the War. Philadelphia: R. Magee, No. 45 Chesnut Street, above Second,  [wrapper title]. [1-5] 6-28,  pp., numerous text illustrations. 4to (20 x 16 cm.), original pictorial wrappers, stitched, contemporary string hook at upper left. Spine reinforced with old yellow paper. Scattered stains, but overall very good. Rare. Only one copy on OCLC.
First edition. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources or Drake.
The almanac includes war stories of American heroism and Taylor’s sterling leadership. Most of the stories and illustrations, which are grouped at the end after the almanac, relate to the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma fought on Texas soil. One episode depicts “The Heroine of Fort Brown,” also known as The Great Western and whose real name is believed to be Sarah Borginnis, inter alia. The text presents her journey with her own wagon overland with the troops and her bravery during the siege of Fort Brown. In the foreground of the accompanying woodcut, she tends to a wounded soldier while in the background a cannon crew in perfect order prepares to fire.
The story and illustration of “Captain Walker Surprising the Mexican” is an excellent example of the mixture of fact and fiction found in such publications. Walker, a Texas Ranger, had his horse shot out from under and was subsequently attacked by a Mexican soldier. Walker killed him with “a large revolving pistol,” which was, of course, in fact a Walker Colt. The illustration, however, shows Walker firing a single-shot pistol.
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