COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. 1789-1851. The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757. Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826.

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COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. 1789-1851.
The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757. Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826.

Sold for US$ 17,575 inc. premium
COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE. 1789-1851.
The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757. Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. 2 volumes. 12mo. With all blanks, including conjugate with title page in vol 2. Publisher's paper boards, and printed spine labels, uncut, custom cloth chemise for each volume, morocco spine labels, dropback cloth box, with skillful repairs to spines, some foxing throughout, as usual.
Provenance: H.C. Thompson (ink signature); Minnie S. Lewis (faint pencil note); Jean Hersholt (1866-1956, translator of Hans Christian Andersen, bookplate); Dr. Thomas A. McGraw (sold Parke-Bernet, 1967, lot 41); Carol G. and William E. Simon (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION OF COOPER'S MOST POPULAR NOVEL, THE FIRST PUBLISHED LEATHER-STOCKING TALE, with all first edition points, including BAL's state A of the copyright page in vol 2, and all blanks, including the conjugate to the title page in vol 2.

"The most famous of the Leatherstocking Tales, and the first in which the scout Natty Bumppo was made the symbol of all that was wise, heroic and romantic in the lives and characters of the white men who made the American wilderness their home ... The novel glorified for many generations of readers, in England, France, Russia, and at home, some aspects of American life that were unique to our cultural history" (Grolier American 34). BAL 3833; Spiller & Blackburn 7.
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