[COOPER, James Fenimore]. The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1767. By the Author of "The Pioneers." Philadelphia: H. C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. Two volumes. xi,,282; ,[blank],289,pp. plus terminal blank. Original drab paper boards, with expert restorations to the spines and spine labels, top edges rough trimmed, fore and bottom edges wholly untrimmed. Moderate foxing throughout, title of second volume tanned, early ink signature in top margin of each title, otherwise a very good, untrimmed set, with the blanks, including the blank conjugate to the title in the second volume present. Enclosed in cloth wrappers with gilt labels, and a folding clamshell box (broken at one joint). The box bears the bookplate and booklabel of collector / actor / translator Jean Hersholt, and the later bookplate of Carol and William Simon. First edition of one of the landmarks of early American literature. In this set, as with all copies, in volume one, page 89 is mispaged 93 and chapter XVI is miscaptioned XIV. The folio is present on page 71 (no sequence), and the final 'i' on p. vii is not present (sequence not determined, but it is likely that the final 'i' may have dropped out in the course of the print run). In volume II, the copyright notice is in BAL's state A (sequence undetermined and likely the result of multiple setting rather than correction), and as noted above, the blank conjugate following the title is intact -- it was frequently removed from copies being bound. "The most famous of the Leatherstocking Tales, and the first in which the scout Natty Bumpo 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 Hundred. BAL 3833. SPILLER & BLACKBURN 7. GROLIER AMERICAN HUNDRED 34. Johnson, HIGHSPOTS OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, pp.24-5. WRIGHT I:619. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1767.
Publication Date: 1826
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