4 December 2009
Property from the Estate of H. Richard Dietrich, Jr.
COOPER, James Fenimore (1789-1851). The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757. Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826.
2 volumes, 12o (200 x 120 mm). (Some browning and spotting as usual.) Original tan paper boards, paper spine labels, uncut (spines chipped with some loss, labels rubbed); red cloth slipcase. Provenance: "Mathews" (early signature on front pastedowns); Barton Currie (bookplate; his sale Sotheby's Parke-Bernet, 7 May 1963, lot 98).
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL BOARDS, with the following points: volume one: pagination present on p. 71, p.89 misnumbered 93, p.243 reads "XIV" for "XVI", last "i" is not present in pagination on p. vii. The copyright notices read "a Book" in both volumes and the blank conjugate of the title-leaf in volume 2 and the terminal blanks in each volume are present. Although it was published first, The Last of the Mohicans is the second story in Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking series. BAL 3833. (2)
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