1834 Life Of David Crockett First 1st Edition Book
''A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee, Written by Himself,'' edited by Thomas Chilton. Philadelphia: E.L. Carey & A. Hart: 1834. First edition hardcover duodecimo runs 211pp. A military man turned statesman, Colonel David Crockett won seats in the Tennessee Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives largely on the basis of his credentials as an honest country boy, expert marksman and hunter, and all-around rugged outdoorsman. By the early 1830s, outlandish tales of ''Davy's'' wildlife adventures had taken on a life of their own, as popular periodicals and ghost-written biographies gradually spun the mere mortal into a mythical frontier hero. With ''A Narrative of the Life,'' the first volume penned by himself rather than a ghost writer, Crockett vowed to set the record straight. Published in the wake of his second congressional re-election and just two years before his untimely death at the Alamo, the resulting book was a lively frontier history that did little to disabuse fans of Crockett's legendary status, instead fanning the flames of the larger-than-life public persona that served him so well. Soiling and edgewear to covers and some toning and foxing to interior. Tape repair to separations at hinges, otherwise good condition. A fascinating biography and the only true firsthand account of the legendary frontiersman's life.