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[JACKSON, Frederick]. The Effinghams, or Home as I Found It. New York: Samuel Colman, 1841.
Volume one (of 2) only, 12o (176 x 107 mm). (Some spotting, fore-edge margins inkstained from p. 125 not affecting the text.) Original brown straight-grained cloth, printed paper label on the spine (extremities rubbed, label browned and chipped); modern quarter red morocco gilt slipcase. Provenance: Paul Fenimore Cooper (inscription).
FIRST EDITION. WITH A LONG INSCRIPTION BY THE AUTHOR'S SON "Paul F. Cooper", dated 25 February 1888 on the verso of the front free endpaper and title-page: "E.F. De Lancey gave me this book; Jan 7 1888, and asked if I could tell who wrote it. I had never heard of it before, that I can collect, and can only judge by its contents that the author could not have had acquaintance in common, so utterly has he misread Father's characteristics . . . that Father did not mean to draw himself in either of the Effinghams any one who knew him at all will see at once. He made them the mouthpieces of his opinions, however."
This satire of Home as Found joins the many largely Whig attacks on Cooper following the book's publication in 1838 led by the editor of the Morning Courier and New York Enquirer James Watson Webb: "the leading purposes of the author, were, first, to create a market for his works in England, in imitation of other hireling writers; secondly, to give vent to his spleen against his countrymen for not hailing his return as they did that of Washington Irving; and thirdly, to produce the impression abroad that he is the descendant of a long line of noble ancestors, and in point of antiquity of family, not only far above his countrymen, but equal of the noblest blood in England." Cooper sued Webb for criminal libel three times between November 1841 and May 1843, with little success. Beard III pp 351-352; Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English Literature II 140.
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