This is a 1935 facsimile of the original Gammel Book Company book published in 1900. Original narratives of Texas history and adventure and about everyday people. The book provides a depiction of social life in Texas when it was a colony and a republic. Smithwick served with the Texas Rangers and lived for awhile with Comanches, learning their language & representing them in making a treaty with the Texans in 1838. He provides anecdotes on men he knew such as James Bowie, Sam Houston, Stephen Austin, David G. Burnet, Padre Michael Muldoon, R.M. Williamson, and others. After some lawless years, he served through the War for Texas Independence and later as a Ranger. He was the blacksmith who forged the knife bearing Colonel Bowie’s name. The author dictated the memoirs to his daughter when he was in his nineties. Greene’s 50 best books on Texas #15.
Condition: Good. A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. No dust jacket included. Binding has minimal wear. The pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, no pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.