3 December 2007
[COOPER, James Fenimore] [New York Colony, General Assembly.] Journal of the Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Colony of New-York. New York: Hugh Gaine, 1764-1766.
2 volumes, 2o (363 x 234 mm). With 2pp. Appendix at the end of volume one. Wood-engraved head- and tail-pieces (front free endpaper of volume one detached, some browning, spotting and pale stains.) Contemporary sheep, spine gilt-ruled in six compartments, gilt-lettered morocco labels in two by Robert McAlpine (signed after the Preface) (extremities and labels worn). Provenance: Hendrick Frey (gift inscription from Richard F. Cooper); Isaac Cooper; James F. Cooper (inscription); Paul F. Cooper (inscription); James Fenimore Cooper (inscription).
FIRST EDITION. FAMILY COPY SIGNED on the front free endpaper of each volume by Cooper's elder brothers Richard F. Cooper Esq., (1812) and Isaac Cooper (1813), by Cooper himself (May 1845) in volume one, and by his son Paul Fenimore Cooper (1851) and by his grandson (James Fenimore Cooper) in each volume.
"Colonel Hendrick Frey (1734?-1827), whose home at Canajoharie was for many years an overnight stopping point for the Coopers in travel between Albany and Cooperstown . . . was a warm personal and political friend of Judge Cooper. One of Cooper's brother's who died young was named Hendrick Frey" (Beard). Edited by Abraham Lott, the most substantial of Gaine's works and the first piece of printing the Government commissioned from his press. Beard I p.27; Evans 9756; Sabin 53719. (2)
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