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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 433

    [JACKSON, Frederick]. The Effinghams, or Home as I Found It. New York: Samuel Colman, 1841.

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    [JACKSON, Frederick]. The Effinghams, or Home as I Found It. New York: Samuel Colman, 1841.

    2 volumes, 12o (187 x 112 mm). (Some browning, intermittent spotting.) Original brown straight-grained cloth, printed paper labels on the spines (extremities scuffed, labels browned and chipped); modern quarter red morocco gilt slipcase. Provenance: Edward Floyd De Lancey (1821-1905; signatures).

    FIRST EDITION. Inscribed by Cooper's wife's nephew "E.F. De Lancey" on the front paste-down of volume one and verso of the first blank of volume two. A satire of Cooper's Home as Found. Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English Literature II 140; Spiller and Blackburn p. 210.

    [With:]

    BARNUM (H.L.) The Spy Unmasked; or, Memoirs of Enoch Crosby, alias Harvey Birch, the Hero of the "The Spy..." by Mr. Cooper. New York: J. & J. Harper, London: A.K. Newman and Co., 1828.

    2 volumes, 12o (189 x 112 mm). Half-titles, publishers' advertisements at the end of each volume. (Some offsetting to preliminaries and adverts.) Contemporary half calf, grey paper boards, printed paper labels on the spines, fore and lower edges uncut (worn); modern quarter red morocco gilt slipcase. Provenance: Francis Place (bookplates); C.J. Burkwell (early signatures).

    FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of the small volume that gave rise to the recurring myth that Enoch Crosby was "Harvey Birch" of The Spy: "The book itself, a cheap, thin duodecimo, is practically an abbreviated or skeleton history of the Revolution from its beginning to its end, based on Mrs. Mercy Warren's history of that war, with a few additions from Heath's Memoirs and Thatcher's Journal." (Guy Hatfield of Scarsdale in Harvey Birch and the Myth of Enoch Crosby). Reprint of the first U.S. edition published in the same year with a slightly different title and with a map and plates. The Magazine of American History XVIII (1887), 431-435; Howes B-161; Sabin 3560.
    (1887), 431-435; Howes B 161; Sabin 3560.

    [With:]

    [SEDGWICK, Theodore (1780-1839)]. Hints to my Countrymen. By an American. New York: J. Seymour, 1826.

    12o (200 x 115 mm). (Title-page and p. 67 with marginal tear crossing the text, a few spots.) Original pink linen-backed drab paper boards, printed paper label on the spine, uncut (spine a bit worn, label chipped, lightly soiled); modern quarter red morocco gilt slipcase. Provenance: James Fenimore Cooper (note).

    FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED BY COOPER'S GRANDSON on the front paste-down regarding a previous copy seen and initialled. Published anonymously. Cooper's account of his dealings with the Sedgwick family (particularly Thoedore's brother Robert) of the Berkshires is recorded in his letter to his legal representative Peter Augustus Jay (1776-1843) dated September 1825. In short: Cooper had borrowed repeatedly from Robert Sedgwick when in acute need of funds, "agreeing eventually to pay usurious interests and giving his Fenimore farm property as security. When, in 1823, Cooper could not meet Sedgwick's demands, he authorized Sedgwick to sell the property... [which] did not bring enough to cover Cooper's indebtedness...When Sedgwick sued, Cooper resisted stoutly; and, during 1824 and 1825, Sedgwick brought at least three suits..." finally giving up the cause in 1826. (Beard The Letters and Journals of James Fenimore Cooper I, pp. 121-125); Sabin 78834. (5)


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