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A Texas Ranger Dies Heroically

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[ALMANACS]. The Old Rough and Ready Almanac. 1849. Philadelphia: Turner & Fisher, Publishers, No. 15 North Sixth Street; New York: 74 Chatham Street, [1848]. [36] pp., 16 text illustrations. 8vo (20.5 x 13 cm.), stitched as issued. Light age toning, some bolts roughly opened, untrimmed. Contemporary over-sewing along spine and string loop at top left for hanging. Overall very fine.

First edition. Drake 8729. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources.

The war material is interspersed with the almanac information. Among the cheer-leading, enthusiastic such publications about the war, this one stands out for the quantity and quality of its illustrations. All is not sweetness and light, however. Three of the illustrated stories relate the deaths of Texas Ranger Samuel Walker, Henry Clay, and Martin Scott. All died heroic deaths, of course. On the non-heroic side, the illustration of U.S. troops capturing Santa-Anna’s carriage and his wooden leg nicely expresses the delight the soldiers must have felt at such unusual prizes. One examines the leg as if it were a prime roast in a butcher shop.


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