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Cooper, James Fenimore

Published by H.C. Carey & I. Lea, Philadelphia (1826)

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Item Description: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, Philadelphia, 1826. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE IN ORIGINAL BOARDS of Copper's masterpiece, one of the most celebrated works of American literature. The Last of the Mohicans is "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's One Hundred Influential American Books, 34). Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. Octavo, original paper boards rebacked in paper with paper labels; uncut; custom half-leather box. Two volumes. With p. 89 misnumbered 93, Chapter XVI numbered XIV in vol 1 (p.243); State A of vol 2 with "a Book" in the fifth line of copyright notice; with "i" in folio vii present in vol 1. BAL 3833. Early owner signatures, evidence of bookplates removed on front pastedowns. Moderate foxing to a few gatherings. A rare uncut copy in original paper boards. Bookseller Inventory # 758

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COOPER, James Fenimore].

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Item Description: 1830. [COOPER, James Fenimore]. The Water Witch or The Skimmer of the Seas. A Tale by the Author of Pilot, Red Rover etc. etc. etc. Contemporary orange- red boards, gilt-decorated spines. Dresden: Printed for Walther, 1830. 3 Vols. First edition. BAL 3845, locates only one copy. One of the great rarities of American literature, only ten copies of this edition are recorded as having survived. Cooper wrote The Water Witch in Naples and it was first printed in Dresden in September 1830, one month before the English edition and two months prior to the American edition. The novel was published in London on 14 October and in Philadelphia on 11 December. This is the only book by Cooper to be both printed and published first in Germany. First two volumes rebacked, original spines laid down, lacking 1/2-title in second volume, loss to inner margin of title-page in volume two (not affecting text and repaired), light scattered foxing, else a very good of an undisputed rarity. Bookseller Inventory # 67035

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COOPER, James Fenimore]

Published by Carey & Lea, Philadelphia (1826)

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Item Description: Carey & Lea, Philadelphia, 1826. Hardcover. First Edition. The true First Edition of this classic and very scarce. Two duodecimo (4-1/2" x 7-11/16") volumes professionally bound, one volume retaining the original boards and the other in recent boards that closely resemble the original, with new spines and paper spine labels, complete with all endpapers and blanks, top edge trimmed: (i)-(xii), (1)-282, blank leaf; (i-iv), (1)-289, 2 blank leaves. With all correct issue points: Volume I: pagination present on page 71, page 89 misnumbered 93, chapter XVI misnumbered XIV; Volume II: State A of the copyright notice. This copy has the final "i" is present on page vii in Volume I, but BAL 3833 states that "examination suggests that the folio was correctly set and the 'i' may have dropped out during the printing. Sequence not determined." Grolier One Hundred Influential American Books, 34: "This is 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."; Johnson: High Spots of American Literature, pp. 24-25; Spiller & Blackburn 7. This book deals specifically with the 1757 Anglo-French War and particularly the aftermath of the Huron massacre. Contemporary bookplate of William H. Groome on the front pastedown of the second volume, along with an early twentieth century bookseller label, with Groome's name written on the verso of the title page of the first volume and on the recto of the blank following the title page of the second volume, both dated 1826. William H. Groome was from Easton, Maryland, served in the War of 1812, and was a pew holder at the Old Marsh Church. Rather light dampstaining to the outer margins of some pages at the beginning and end of each volume; moderate foxing throughout. An attractive example of this American literary landmark. Bookseller Inventory # 016420

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The Writings.: COOPER, James Fenimore.

COOPER, James Fenimore.

Published by New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, [c.1905] (1905)

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Item Description: New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, [c.1905], 1905. 33 volumes, octavo (228 x 155 mm). Fine contemporary binding of full Spanish calf, spines and boards richly gilt with red and orange floral onlays and gilt titles direct, three raised bands, red morocco doublures richly gilt with art nouveau lotus flower and arabesque design with white and green onlays, pink moiré silk endpapers, top edges gilt. Spines very faintly faded, closed tear to p. 51 of The Pilot, Oak Openings with small surface loss to top edge of rear board and very light dampstaining to margins, tiny closed tear to one corner of manuscript. An excellent set. Hand-coloured steel-engraved frontispieces with captioned tissue guards, vignette title pages, and over 60 plates with captioned tissue guards, all printed on japon paper. Author's Autograph Edition. Number 57 of 63 sets only, with an original manuscript page bound into one volume. This set with a page from the author's draft for Oak Openings, mounted on one of the prelims of The Spy. Bookseller Inventory # 104063

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The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative: COOPER, James Fenimore.

COOPER, James Fenimore.

Published by Philadelphia: H. C. Cary & I. Lea 1826 (1826)

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Item Description: Philadelphia: H. C. Cary & I. Lea 1826, 1826. 2 volumes, duodecimo (184 × 110 mm). Bound in contemporary quarter sheep, marbled sides, black morocco labels to spine lettered gilt, edges speckled brown. Housed in a custom black quarter morocco solander box. Pictorial bookplates to front pastedowns. An unusually fresh copy of this poorly produced book. Edges slightly worn, contents mildly toned and foxed throughout, but much less so than is usually seen. Some minor flaws to contents, as often. Volume I: short closed tear to margin of volume I, p.91, partially affecting text, small wax-stain to p.126. Volume II: some marginal damage, none affecting text (p. 273: short closed tear to head and chip to foot; p. 281, short closed tear; p. 289, small hole above page number), and lacks the final blank leaf following the title-page, often lost in binding, otherwise complete. A truly exceptional set. First edition of Cooper's best known and best loved classic, the second book of the Leatherstocking Tales series, although the first to be published. BAL 3833; Grolier, 100 American, 34; Showmaker 24217; Spiller & Blackburn 7; Wright I, 619. Bookseller Inventory # 106321

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Cooper, James Fenimore

Published by H.C. Carey & I. Lea, Philadelphia (1826)

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Item Description: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, Philadelphia, 1826. First edition, first issue with page 89 misnumbered 93, Chapter XVI numbered XIV in Volume I (page 243), and page vii correctly numbered. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary half calf over boards. In very good condition with some rubbing to the boards, the text is remarkably clean. These volumes were purchased from a California family who had owned them since the 1870s. "The Last of the Mohicans is 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 100 34). "[Cooper's] sympathy is large, and his humor is as genuine--and as perfectly unaffected--as his art" (Joseph Conrad). Bookseller Inventory # 7392

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Cooper, James Fenimore

Published by H. C. Carey & I. Lea, Philadelphia (1826)

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Item Description: H. C. Carey & I. Lea, Philadelphia, 1826. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket. First Edition; First Printing. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; The Last of the Mohicans; a Narrative of 1757. By the Author of "The Pioneers. " Philadelphia: H. C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826 2vols. 12mo. Volume One: title, copyright on verso + iii-xi, Preface + [i] blank + 2-282 + [2] blank, two front end papers partially adhering to each other. Volume Two: the blank conjugate of the title leaf is excised as noted in BAL. Blank + title, copyright on verso + 2-289 + [1] blank. Line 5 of copyright "a Book" is state B with priority undetermined. All points per BAL, page 89 of volume one is mispaged 93 and Chapter XVI on page [243] is printed as Chapter XIV. Page vii contains the final i. Bound in contemporary full brown calf leather. Front cover of Volume I detached but present. Very occasional modest foxing. All leaves present except that volume II is lacking pages 91-97, 283-9. Volume II also has 3 end blanks rather than the one that is called for. The insides of both front covers have scrapes where book plates have been removed. A difficult bit of early Americana in collectible condition. Somewhat similar copies were recently estimated by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers at $20,000 to $30,000 and are currently listed at $37,000. ; 0. Bookseller Inventory # 24386

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Cooper, James Fenimore

Published by Published By A. T. Goodrich & Co., New York (1820)

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Item Description: Published By A. T. Goodrich & Co., New York, 1820. FIRST EDITION of Cooper's rare first novel. Two Volumes. Contemporary full mottled calf with gilt-tooled spines in compartments, and black leather spine labels. Volume One has been rebacked, preserving the original spine, and with the rear board sympathetically supplied. An early owner's name (Marshall G. Hill, Afton N.Y.) is ink-stamped on the front pastedown and rear free endpaper of Volume Two, and on the verso of the front free endpaper of Volume One. The front free endpaper of Volume Two is missing. Ink signatures have been cut from the top right blank margin of both title pages, with both excisions repaired. Internally, there is some scattered light foxing or age-toning. A Very Good set, with both half-titles and with the errata leaf inserted after the half-title in Volume One[one of several locations noted by BAL]. BAL 3825. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 000207

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The Complete Works: Cooper, James Fenimore

Cooper, James Fenimore

Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York (1895)

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Item Description: G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1895. Full leather. Book Condition: Fine. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1895. Full leather. Thirty-two volumes. Octavo. The Complete Writings of James Fenimore Cooper. The Leather-Stocking Edition is limited to one thousand copies which this is number 773. Published G.P. Putnam's Sons ( The Knickerbocker Press), [1895 - 1896], signed by the publisher with the limitation numbers, steel engraved frontispiece to each volumes additional engravings printed on japan vellum with captioned tissue printed in red. Titles include The Redskins, The Deerslayer, The Spy, The Sea Lion, The Headsman, The Red Rover, The Pathfinder, The Prairie, The Eclipse, The Pioneers, The Last Of The Mohicans, etc.Bound extravagantly in contemporary full blue straight grain morocco, covers triple gilt rule - lines and gilt decorations to corners of roseette motif, top edge gilt, spines gilt decorations between raised banding, gilt titles, gilt turn-ins, blue decorative marbled paper. A stunning set in fine binding. Bookseller Inventory # 544

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Item Description: New-York Published by Charles Wiley, 1823. Uniformly Bound Set of "Leather-Stocking Tales" First Editions COOPER, James Fenimore. [Five First Editions].New York and Philadelphia, 1823-1841. All volumes uniformly bound in full modern mottled calf by Bennett, N.Y. Spines lettered and ruled in gilt. Top edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Housed together in a cloth slipcase. Overall a very good set with just a few minor cases of shelfwear. Ten twelvemo volumes (6 7/8 x 4 3/16 inches; 175 x 106 mm). {Comprising]: The Pioneers, or the Sources of the Susquehanna; A Descriptive Tale. New-York: Published by Charles Wiley, 1823. First edition. Volume I with the Clayton imprint on the title page but with text consistent to the Seymore imprint. First state of volume II with page number 329 on left side. Two sixteenmo volumes. xi, [1, blank], 275, [1, blank]; [2], [5]-329, [1, blank] pp. With half-titles and note on errata in volume II. Front hinge of the first volume expertly repaired. Some dampstaining to the first few pages of each volume. Previous owner's old ink signature on first few pages of volume II. In volume II, page 217, lacking a corner slightly affecting text, and page 228, corner repaired but with no loss of text. Some minor staining throughout volume II. [and]: [COOPER, James Fenimore]. The Last of the Mohicans. A Narrative of 1757. By the Author of "The Pioneers." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. First edition, first issue with the following issue points: Vol. I: pagination present on page 71, page 89 misnumbered 93, chapter XVI misnumbered XIV and the final "i" is present on page vii, (in some copies it is numbered "vi"; BAL states that "examination suggests that the folio was correctly set and the 'i' may have dropped out during the printing," the sequence of states has not been established). State A of Volume II (sequence of states not determined) with "a Book" in the fifth line of the copyright notice. [i]-xi, [1, blank], 282; [2], 289, [1, blank] pp. Without two blanks. Title -page of volume I has been washed in an attempt to eliminate previous owner's name. Some dark toning to preliminaries. A small streak of a dark brown stain on pages 259-264. Head cap of volume I a bit chipped. Title-page of volume II with a number of small professionally repaired closed tears. Some toning and staining throughout. [and]: [COOPER, James Fenimore]. The Prairie; A Tale. By the Author of The "Pioneers and the Last of the Mohicans." Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1827. First American edition. [v]-xi, [1, blank], [13]- 252; [1]-276. Some toning and dampstaining to both volumes, mainly to preliminaries. Some rubbing to the text of the copyright notice in volume I. Some large marginal repairs to title-page and first text page and final of volume II, not affecting text an first two leaves and barely affecting text on last leaf. [and]: [COOPER, James Fenimore]. The Pathfinder: or, The Inland Sea. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1840. First American Edition, first state of volume I with the imprints in the middle of page [2] and no copyright notice. [2, blank], [1-2]3[iv]13-240; [1-2]3-233, [1, blank] pp. (Correct collation.) Without one blank. Title-pages of each volume with dampstaining in an attempt to wash off previous owner's old ink signatures. A bit of minor foxing throughout. [and]: COOPER, James Fenimore. The Deerslayer: or, The First War-Path. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1841. First edition. Two twelvemo volumes. [v], [6]-7,viii-xi[xii]13-267, [1,blank]; [3]4-282 pp. without one blank. Occasional foxing and tex may have been washed. BAL 3829, 3833. Spiller & Blackburn, 3. HBS 65766. $10,000. Bookseller Inventory # 65766

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COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE

Published by Cooperstown 1 page, quarto n.d (after 1848) (1848)

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Item Description: Cooperstown 1 page, quarto n.d (after 1848), 1848. James Fenimore CooperÕs own personally handwritten working draft for his contract with publisher George P. Putnam to publish an original work of fiction which eventually was published as The Ways of the Hour, CooperÕs last novel. This is a full page in CooperÕs hand and it refers to Putnam by name as publisher and bears the full name of J. Fenimore Cooper twice and the last name Cooper four times. A long and interesting contract that surprisingly reads much like a modern publishing agreement with Cooper intimately involved in the publishing process. Cooper agrees to produce Òa new work of fictionÓ and that he will provide Putnam with the finished printing Òstereotype platesÓ for a novel Òcustomary size, in two volumes duodecimo.Ó The contract goes on in great detail about royalties, PutnamÕs rights as publisher, fees, and penalties, and that at the end of two years that PutnamÕs license to publish the novel will end, and that the printing plates will be returned to Cooper. When the New York publishing firm of Wiley & Putnam dissolved in 1847, George P. Putnam (1814-1872) established his own house and built up a literary backlist that forms the foundation of mid-nineteenth-century American letters. Putnam brought out a uniform edition of Washington Irving and soon thereafter began to publish CooperÕs internationally famous novels in a standard edition, beginning with The Spy and The Pilot in April and October 1849 (BAL 3932-33); twelve novels (including The Last of the Mohicans) were ultimately re-issued between 1849 and 1851. Noted Cooper scholar, Warren S. Walker, notes that this ambitious final novel that Cooper Òevidences his concern about Ôthe ways of the hourÕ: lack of principle as shown in flagrant abuse of justice by elected judges, incompetent jurors, culpable.lawyers, and an irresponsible press; an unreasoning worship of mass opinion; and failure to pursue the truth beneath the trappings of appearance. The vehicle for exploring the sociological theme is a mid-1840s murder trial assuming the pattern of a murder mystery, a Ôwhodunit,Õ complete with aliases, cloak-and-dagger schemes, a ÔrevivedÕ corpse, a missing treasure, a series of Ôjailbreaks,Õ bribery, and a madwoman.Ó Cooper was the first American novelist to receive international acclaim and AmericaÕs first best-selling author. American publishing agreements from the first half of the 19th century and especially from a major figure like Cooper (and drafted by himself) are of the greatest rarity. Bookseller Inventory # 13808J

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Item Description: 1764. First Edition. (COOPER, James Fenimore) (NEW YORK). Journal of the Votes and Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York. Began the 9th Day of April, 1691; and Ended the 27th of September, 1743. WITH: Journal of the Votes and Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York. Began the 8th Day of November, 1743; and Ended the 23rd of December, 1765. New York: Hugh Gaine, 1764, 1766. Two volumes. Thick folio, contemporary full brown sheep rebacked with original spine and red and black labels laid down, raised bands. $9000.First edition of this “cornerstone of New York and American colonial history,” an exceptional association copy inscribed by James Fenimore Cooper and dated by him: “May 1845,” additionally inscribed by his brothers, son and grandson. This first edition of the Journals represents the first collected publication of the New York Assembly’s landmark petitions against the Sugar Act, claiming the right “to secure that great Badge of English Liberty, of being taxed only with our own Consent.”This outstanding association copy of the pre-Revolutionary Journals of the New York General Assembly was in the Cooper family for decades before being received by James Fenimore Cooper in 1845. Featuring a remarkable series of familial inscriptions in both volumes, these Journals were given to Cooper by his brother, then passed along to the author’s son and grandson. A writer who “consistently stressed the significance of American politics and culture” and reflected this passion in both his fiction and many histories, Cooper “secured his place as the first true American novelist” with his third novel The Pioneers (1823), which featured the character Major Hartman, modeled after Hendrick Frey, the family friend who first presented these Journals to Cooper’s brother Richard in 1812 (Introduction, American Democrat).In addition to this extraordinary provenance, the Journals represent the first printing of the “most important legal collection of its time, and a cornerstone of New York and American colonial history” (Jenkins). Covering the proceedings of the first permanent Assembly of the New York colony from its initial meeting on April 9, 1691 through December 23, 1765, the Journals were invaluable to Cooper’s work, for he systematically consulted “authentic publick records, private documents, more especially those in possession of the Cooper family” (Chronicles of Coopertown, 3). Significantly this pre-Revolutionary chronicle also provides a detailed “constitutional history of New York” (Marke 80), especially the Assembly’s role in leading the movement toward independence. Of special note are accounts of the Assembly’s heated dispute with the Crown on the judiciary, its resistance to the Currency and Sugar Acts, and its bold assertion of September 11, 1764, in which the Assembly asserted its right “to secure that great Badge of English Liberty, of being taxed only with our own Consent… and also in pointing out to the Ministry, the many Mischiefs arising from the Act, commonly called, the Sugar Act” (II:749-50, italics in text). That frank objection emerged again in petitions introduced over the coming monthsâ€"such as that of October 18, in which the Assembly claimed the right to “an Exemption from the Burthen of all Taxes not granted by themselves,” and in one voice warned of “tragical Consequences” should Parliament continue in “divesting us of the Right to tax ourselves” (II:776-7). As such, the Journals’ petitions for the “right not to be taxed for revenue by Parliament are among the great state papers of the pre-Revolutionary period” (Knollenberg, 189). Edited by Abraham Lott, “this is the largest issue from Gaine’s Press, as well as the first piece of government printing he secured” (Benedict 368). The present copy includes the last leaf, an Appendix reversing the attainder of Jacob Leisler and others, “who were executed for not delive. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 67131

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COOPER James Fenimore

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Item Description: 1895. COOPER, James Fenimore. The Complete Works. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Knickerbocker Press), [1895-96]. Thirty-two volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter blue morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, marbled endpapers top edges gilt. $8800.Limited “Leather-Stocking Edition” of the works of America’s first great novelist, number 667 of 1000 sets produced, very handsomely bound. A beautiful set in fine condition.Cooper did not begin his literary career until the age of 30, when his wife challenged his claim that he could produce a better novel than the English novel he had been reading to her. His first book, Precaution (1820), was only modestly successful; his second book, The Spy (1821), was a great success and established his reputation as a leading American author. "Cooper's achievement… was sustained almost to the close of a hectic, crowded career. His worldwide fame attests his power of invention, for his novels have been popular principally for their variety of dramatic incidents, vivid depiction of romantic scenes and situations, and adventurous plots" (Hart, 165). The text of this set is based on the Townsend edition of 1852. Each volume contains an aquatint frontispiece and illustrated title page printed on mounted India paper. Spiller & Blackburn, "Collected Works" 7 (173). Expert restoration to some joints and spines. A beautiful set. Bookseller Inventory # 73886

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Item Description: Hard cover. Three vols. 12mo, bound in cont. German brown morocco for Duke William of Brunswick (1806-84), with his elaborate arms inlaid on all six covers, sides elaborately gilt, spines richly gilt, a.e.g. Paris: Baudry, 1825. First edition to be printed on the Continent. Certainly no other copy of The Spy has ever been bound in such an "over the top" fashion. Very fine set with the elaborately gilt bookplate of Duke William [Wilhelm], nephew of King George III of Britain, in each volume. The first volume lacks the half-title. Bookseller Inventory # JHABES3435

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Published by New-York: Burgess, Stringer and Company, 1845. (1845)

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Item Description: New-York: Burgess, Stringer and Company, 1845., 1845. "The Growing Corruption of Civilization"James Fenimore Cooper's The Chainbearer in the Original Printed WrappersA Remarkable SurvivalCOOPER, James Fenimore. The Chainbearer; or The Littlepage Manuscripts. Edited by the Author of "Satanstoe," "Spy," "Pathfinder," "Two Admirals, " etc. In Two Volumes. New-York: Burgess, Stringer and Company, 1845. First American Edition. Two octavo volumes (7 11/16 x 4 9/16 inches; 196 x 117 mm.). [i]-iii, iv-vi, 7-212; [1-3], 4-228 pp. Publisher's pale buff paper printed wrappers. The wrappers have been noted by BAL in three different states. No sequence has been determined and the order presented is arbitrary. The wrappers may have been printed simultaneously. In the present copy the wrappers on volume I are in State 'B' with inner front "Mrs. Ellis's Housekeeping"; inner back "History of All Christian Sects " and back wrapper with "The Great Book". The wrappers on volume II are in State 'A' with inner front "New and Beautiful Edition"; inner back "The Great Book" and back wrapper with "Cheap Books". Some light scattered foxing and or staining. Clean tear to lower margin of pp. iii/iv of preface in volume one. Lower wrapper of volume one with small piece (1 5/8 x 9/16 inches maximum) torn away from blank margin not touching any of the print on recto or verso, a couple of stains on the front and rear wrappers. A remarkable survival, generally bright and fresh, with no restoration whatsoever. Individually chemised and housed in a quarter red morocco over red cloth board slip-case.The first London edition, which preceded the American edition by about one month, was published in three volumes on November 22nd, 1845.The Chainbearer; or The Littlepage Manuscripts is the second book in a trilogy starting with Satanstoe (1845) and ending with The Redskins (1846). The novel focuses mainly on issues of land ownership and the displacement of American Indians as the United States moves Westward.Critical to the trilogy of these novels, is the sense of expansion through the measuring and acquisition of land by civilization. The title The Chainbearer represents "the man who carries the chains in measuring the land, the man who helps civilization to grow from the wilderness, but who at the same time continues the chain of evil, increases the potentiality for corruption." The central position of the "Chainbearer" allows Cooper to deal with the cultural lack of understanding Native Americans had of European concepts of land ownership. This in turn allows Cooper to critique ownership in general.Also, Cooper, like in many of his novels, focuses on the growing corruption of individuals in "civilization" as it expands. This Cooper attributes "an inherent principle in the corrupt nature of man to misuse all his privileges. . . . If history proves anything, it proves this." Two characters, in particular, represent this growing corruption of civilization, Andries Mordaunt, the chainbearer, and Aaron, known as "Thousandacres". The men represent different types of the civilization, Mordaunt as the usurper of old civilization and Thousandacres representing an older society which the new "civilization" means to usurp. Eventually this new civilization decides to embrace force in order to lay full claim on the land. This displacement of Native Americans by the ever expansionist Americans repeatedly becomes an issue for Cooper throughout the trilogy of novels. In so doing, Cooper presents a very strong critique of Americans and America. (Wikipedia). Bookseller Inventory # 03755

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The Writings.: COOPER, James Fenimore.

COOPER, James Fenimore.

Published by New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons [1895-1900] (1900)

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Item Description: New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons [1895-1900], 1900. 33 volumes, octavo (222 × 150 mm). Contemporary burgundy half morocco, titles and decoration to spines gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Bookplate to front free endpapers, remnant of bookplate to top of front pastedowns, an excellent set. Steel engraved frontispieces and additional engravings printed on japon vellum with captioned tissues printed in red. The Iroquois edition. Limited to 1,000 numbered sets of which this is number 343, signed by the publisher with the limitation number additionally punched into the paper. The Iroquois edition is considered to be one of the finest editions printed of Cooper, this set being a particularly handsome example. Bookseller Inventory # 102326

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Item Description: Putnam, 1890. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. More titles include Headsman, Heidenmauer,The Bravo, Mercedes of Castile, Afloat and Ashore, Miles Wallingford, The Pilot and Crater. A total of 23 stories in 12 books. All state Pathfinder edition at the top of the title pages. Number 50 of a limited set of 1,000. Seven are in original half leather bindings with corn design in gold on the spines. Five are in library bindings. It looks as though, as the covers became too worn, the library had them rebound in cloth bindings and had library numbers embossed in gold on the spines. The colors vary on the cloth. All have "The Public Library of the City of Leadville" (Colorado) rubber stamped on the title pages, frontispieces and last pages. The seven in original bindings have a paper library label on the spine about 1" in diameter. Two of the rebound volumes are missing the limitation page. Some have minor repair with cloth or clear tape on the pages. No foxing or odor in any (Very little moisture at 10,000 feet). These books comes from the time and place of the famous silver boom. A remarkable survival. They are not faded, moisture damaged, dirty, or ratty. They have been read. The card pocket that was inside the front board has been partially or wholly removed from all volumes. Each has two stories with a title page and frontisepiece for each story except for Red Rover which takes up one volume. No date found but thought to be from the 1890's. Bookseller Inventory # 13394

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Cooper, James Fenimore, American writer (1789-1851).

Published by Paris, 22. III. 1827. (1827)

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Item Description: Paris, 22. III. 1827., 1827. 8vo (192 x 134 mm). 1 p. on a single bifolium. Address panel to verso. In remarkably good French, to the engineer Pierre-Alexandre Adolphe Jullien, thanking him for his concern about his health, and gives an estimate for the publication date of the forthcoming French edition of The Prairie ("sans doute, pendant le mois d'avril", depending on the industry of the translator and publisher) and he makes some social arrangements in Paris. Cooper had brought his family to Paris the previous year, becoming the centre of a small but influential circle of American expatriots. - Traces of seal, slight loss to upper forecorner from opening (expert old repair, no loss). Early annotation in French to head describing Cooper as "le Walter-Scott de l’amérique du nord". Provenance: Charavay, Paris. Bookseller Inventory # 29414

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COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE.

Published by London: John Miller, 1826 (1826)

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Item Description: London: John Miller, 1826, 1826. First English Edition; three volumes; published about a month later than the Philadelphia edition of the same year. Publisher's paper-covered boards with brown paper spines; joints weak or breaking; some wear and tear; minor page stains, but overall a very good set and rare in original boards. It is typically found contemporarily bound in some combination of leather and boards (the paper-covered publisher's boards were intended to be temporary) or rebound later. Each front board has the ink signature "Ellenborough" and inside each cover is the stamp identifying these as the "Earl of Ellenborough's Heirlooms." The Earl died in 1871 and this noble title died with him. There are half-titles in volumes II and III and a pencil note in an unidentified hand notes that volume I was not issued with one. In a custom cloth slipcase with chemise. Bookseller Inventory # 28835

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Cooper, James Fenimore.

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Item Description: New York A T Goodrich, 1820. 2 Bände in einem.Kl.-8°. 2 Bl., 275 S.; 2 Bl., 340 S. Halblederband der Zeit. Coopers anonym erschienener Erstling in der äusserst seltenen Erstausgabe. - Die beiden Bände zu einem gebunden; ohne die Interimsbroschuren. Der Einband ist bestossen; die zweite Hälfte des zweiten Bandes stärker stockfleckig. Bookseller Inventory # Nr.: 62014 [T. ]

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COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE

Published by HOUGHTON,MIFFLIN AND COMPANY, CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (1897)

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Item Description: HOUGHTON,MIFFLIN AND COMPANY, CAMBRIDGE, MASS., 1897. N/A (illustrator). SECOND. Hardbound second edition published by HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY (Cambridge, Mass) in 1897. 306 pages of clean, bright text with no dust jacket. The interior is unblemished. The interior of the covers and the end papers are black in color. The frontispiece is an etching of James Fenimore Cooper. Cooper has signed beneath the frontispiece. The protective tissue is intact.The signature is underlined by the Author.The cover as well as the spine are burgundy in color. The Title and the Editor's names are enbossed into the front cover and the spine in gilt. The final two pages are ads. The publication is unblemished. The binding is tight with no latent flaws. The publication is rated Very Good. An extremely rare publication when signed. Bookseller Inventory # 006382

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COOPER, JAMES FENIMORE.

Published by London: John Miller, 1826 (1826)

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Item Description: London: John Miller, 1826, 1826. First English Edition; published about a month later than the Philadelphia edition; three volumes. Each volume has the bookplate of Robert Hoe and has been bound by the Club Bindery in full green morocco (spines a little browned); top edges gilt; gilt rules on the boards; raised bands; gilt spine decorations. There are half-titles in volumes II and III; volume I was not issued with one. A near fine set. Bookseller Inventory # 31709

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James Fenimore Cooper

Published by H.C. Carey & I. Lea (1826)

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Item Description: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. Hard Back. Book Condition: Good-. 1st Edition. brown 1/2 leather & marble covered boards Bagged for protection. Good-. rub-through corners, fray spine ends, corner bumps, chips to covers at spine, chips to edges, Paste-on spine title, hinge split front/rear interior, store sticker inside front cover, pencil writing & date (1828) on fly page, foxing interior, Volume II Line 5 of copyright states "a Book" also 3 end blanks are missing. VOLUME 2 ONLY. Once Read Books, cover scan available - just ask, OnceReadBooks com Orders shipped via USPS. Bookseller Inventory # 301415

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COOPER, James Fenimore |

Published by London: John Miller, 1826. (1826)

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Item Description: London: John Miller, 1826., 1826. First English EditionWith Half-Titles Present[COOPER, James Fenimore]. The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757. By the Author of "The Spy," "The Pioneers." &c. &c. In Three Volumes. London: John Miller, 1826. First English edition, complete with half-titles in volumes 2 and 3, as issued. Three octavo volumes (6 7/8 x 4 in; 175 x 101 mm). xi, [1], 287, [1]; [4], 276; [4], 295, [1] pp.Contemporary half dark green calf, over marbled boards. Gilt decorated and ornamented spine. Red morocco spine labels. An excellent copy. Housed in a custom-made half green morocco, fleece lined clamshell case."This is 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. This 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 100 Influential American Books, 34)."The writing of The Last of the Mohicans occupied Cooper during most of 1825. He was then living in New York City and enjoying the success inaugurated by The Spy (1821), reinforced by the reception of The Pioneers and The Pilot (1824). Because his publisher (Charles Wiley) was ill and on the verge of bankruptcy, Cooper made overtures to the Philadelphia firm of Carey & Lea, and in January 1826, following Wiley's death, agreed to their proposal to issue a first edition of 5,000 copies and to pay him $5,000."The first English edition of 1250 copies, set from advance sheets forwarded to London as came off the press in Philadelphia, was published by John Miller on March 18" [1826] (Blake Nevins, editor. Leatherstocking Tales, Notes on the Texts. Library of America edition, p. 1334).BAL 3833. Johnson, High Spots of American Literature, pp. 24-25; Spiller & Blackburn 7. Bookseller Inventory # 02130

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COOPER, James Fenimore].

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Item Description: 0. [COOPER, James Fenimore]. The Pioneers, or the Sources of the Susquehana; A Descriptive Tale. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt-ruled spines, red morocco spine labels, housed in custom blue morocco-backed cloth slipcase with inner cloth chemises. New York: Published by Charles Wiley. E.B. Clayton, Printer, 1823. 2 Vols. First edition, first state. BAL 3829. Light scattered foxing, faint very old water staining in Vol. Two, else a very good or better copy of the author's third book. Bookseller Inventory # 67085

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COOPER, James Fenimore]

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Item Description: John Miller, London, 1826. Hardcover. First British Edition. Published about a month after the Philadelphia edition of the same year. Three duodecimo (4-1/2" x 7-1/2") volumes bound in recent 3/4 reddish-brown morocco with five raised bands, gilt lettering on the spine, marbled endpapers, top edge trimmed; [12], 287; [2], 276; [2], 295 pages. With the half titles present in the second and third volumes, as issued and usually found lacking. BAL 3833; Grolier One Hundred Influential American Books, 34: "This is 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. This 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"; Johnson: High Spots of American Literature, pp. 24-25; Spiller & Blackburn 7. Fine, fresh copy, complete but for the blank endpapers, in a Fine, handsome binding. Bookseller Inventory # 016419

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Cooper, James Fenimore

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Item Description: Lea & Blanchard. Book Condition: Good. B013L08ZXE Used good or better, we ship best copy available! May have signs of use, may be ex library copy. Book Only. Expedited shipping is 2-6 business days after shipment, standard is 4-14 business days after shipment. Used items do not include access codes, cd's or other accessories, regardless of what is stated in item title. If you need to guarantee that these items are included, please purchase a brand new copy. Bookseller Inventory # ZB013L08ZXEZ3

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COOPER, James Fenimore.

Published by New York: R. F. Fenno & Company, 1900 (1900)

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Item Description: New York: R. F. Fenno & Company, 1900, 1900. 32 volumes, octavo. Finely bound in recent brown half morocco, spines gilt in compartments, orange and dark brown labels, brown cloth sides, raised bands, top edges gilt, others trimmed. Ownership ink stamps to front fly-leafs of some volumes. Excellent condition. Frontispieces. A very handsomely bound set of the works of James Fenimore Cooper. Bookseller Inventory # 68432

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Cooper, James Fenimore,

Published by Berlin, P. Cassirer (1909)

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Item Description: Berlin, P. Cassirer, 1909. 36 x 47,5 cm. (8), 473, (7) S. mit Titelvignette, 166 von E.R. Weiß gezeichneten Initialen, jeweils über kleine Orig.-Lithographien Slevogts gedruckt, 52 ganzseit. u. 110 kleineren Orig.-Lithographien sowie 1 weiteren (nicht mitpaginierten) Lithographie von Slevogt. Taubenblauer ORohleinenbd. mit goldgepr. Deckelvignette u. Filetenvergoldung auf Vorder- u. Rückdeckel sowie dem Rücken. Einband stellenw. etwas verblaßt, Kapitale mit Läsuren, eine Beschädigung an der Oberkante des Vorderdeckels etwas unsachgemäß repapiert, unter Verwendung eines Blautons, der dunkler ist, als der Einband. Innen absolut tadellos u. fleckenfrei, allenfalls die unbeschnittenen Büttenränder minimal nachgedunkelt. Rodenberg 452.1. Schauer II.84 (mit Abb.) Rodenberg u. Schauer nennen jeweils fälschlicherweise 180 Lithographien. Feilchenfeldt/Brandis 35.0.B. * 1. Druck der Pan-Presse. Eins von 250 Exemplaren der Normalausgabe, im Druckvermerk von Slevogt signiert. Unser Ex. trägt die Nr. 287, das beruht auf der Tatsache, daß die Normalausgaben ab der Nummer 61 numeriert wurden (siehe dazu den Kommentar in Feilchenfeldt/Brandis S. 114). - Satz der Texte aus der Modernen Monotype-Fraktur, gedruckt auf feingeripptes Bütten, wobei die Lithographien sämtlich auf der Handpresse abgezogen wurden. Einbandgestaltung u. die zweifarb. floralen Vorsätze stammen von Karl Walser, Haupt- u. Zwischentitel sowie die Initialen zeichnete E.R. Weiß. - Eines der illustratorischen Hauptwerke Slevogts, voller Leichtigkeit, Esprit und Spontaneität. In diesem Zusammenhang ist interessant, was Slevogt in einem seiner zwei Klebebände notiert u. Emil Waldmann in "Max Slevogt als Illustrator" (1912) ausgeführt haben: "Die erste Aufzeichnung und der Plan für den Lederstrumpf mit Lithographien entstanden 1907 unvermittelt in einer Nacht, als mir zufällig das Jugendbuch wieder in die Hände kam. Die Entwürfe etwas größeren Formats begleiteten dann in unregelmäßigen Zwischenräumen die Arbeit an den Steinen bis zum Abschluß des Ganzen." (Januar 1910; Slevogt). - Bei der Lektüre und dem Wiederlesen hat Slevogt zahlreiche kleine Bleistiftskizzen angefertigt, jede in ein paar Minuten. "In einer einzigen Nacht war das Werk auf diese Weise im Kern fertiggestellt. Die meisten dieser Skizzen haben in dieser ersten Form dann große endgültige Gestalt angenommen, natürlich bereichert, ausgeglichen, durchgearbeitet und verfeinert. Aber das Wesentliche ist fast immer in der Skizze da!" (Waldmann). - Slevogt hat sich überwiegend der Technik der Kreidelithographie bedient, doch enthält der Band auch Tusche-, Tusche-Kreide-, Tusche-Schabeisen- u. einige Federlithographien. Die 166 kleinen, den Initialen unterlegten Lithographien sind mehr als Zierrat, vielmehr eigenständige Skizzen und Illustrationen, die jeweils Bezug auf das nachfolgende Kapitel nehmen. Die ganzseitigen Lithographien wurden auf verso unbedruckte Büttenbogen gedruckt, die kleineren (überwiegend halbseitigen) stehen meist am Kopf der Seite oder sind von Text umflossen, womit Slevogt bereits auf seine gestalterische Idee vorgreift, daß Text und Graphik nicht strikt getrennt sein müssen, sondern zusammen eine Einheit bilden sollten. Bookseller Inventory # 79965AB

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THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS;: Cooper, James Fenimore

Cooper, James Fenimore

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Item Description: 1826. [in the original boards] A Narrative of 1757. By the Author of "The Spy," "The Pilot," "The Pioneers," &c. &c. In Three Volumes. London: John Miller, 1826. Original drab paper-covered boards with (early but not original) brown paper spines and printed labels. First English Edition, published in three volumes just two months after the two-volume Philadelphia edition. This is the novel for which Cooper is best known today: THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS was the second-published of the five "Leather-Stocking Tales," (the series name derived from the nickname of the hero, Natty Bumppo, so-called because of his long deerskin leggings). The first of the five to be published had been THE PIONEERS, in 1823; however, their sequence in terms of plot is THE DEERSLAYER, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE PATHFINDER, THE PIONEERS and THE PRAIRIE. The hero, known by the name "Hawk-eye" in this novel, "is shown as a young man approaching the zenith of his skill as a wilderness hunter and scout during the French and Indian Wars. In this best known novel of the saga, Natty as Hawk-eye develops into the epic hero of American literature." [UVa]~These volumes, remarkably, are still uncut in their original paper-covered boards (which were meant to be temporary); at some point (apparently long ago) the spines and labels were aptly restored, as is typically necessary for such fragile bindings. Otherwise the volumes show only minor edge-wear. The first and third volumes are lacking the front free endpaper; the half-title is present only in the second and third volumes, because none was originally provided for the first volume. The leaves still have their original uncut edges, and are unusually free of foxing for paper approaching its 200th year. At the top of each front cover and on the front paste-down of Vol. I is the signature of [Baron] Charles de Nagell (Peerage # 335169), probably the initial owner. See Blanck 3833 (saying that the American edition came out in January and the English in March, noting their sources); UVa (Barrett) 6 (this English edition is noted but is not listed in detail, though the American and French editions are; UVa says that the English edition came out six months after the American edition, but without noting reasons for that statement); Spiller & Blackburn p. 44. Bookseller Inventory # 12642

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