3 December 2007
COOPER, James Fenimore. The History of the Navy of the United States of America. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1840.
2 volumes, 8o (224 x 135 mm). One engraved map and one plan as frontispieces (some spots). (Some spotting, occasionally heavy.) Original green straight-grain cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine (lightly rubbed).
Second edition, with corrections. Howes C-748; Sabin 16442; Spiller and Blackburn 29 p. 103.
COOPER, James Fenimore. Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1846.
2 volumes, 12o (176 x 111 mm). 12 pp. publishers' advertisements at the end of volume one. Original black cloth covers decorated blind with gilt anchor stamped on the front cover, lettered in gilt on the spine (chipped at the head and foot of the spine, corners scuffed); modern quarter red morocco gilt slipcase.
FIRST EDITION. Without the vignette portraits reported in some copies. BAL 3920; Howes C-749; Sabin 16470; Spiller and Blackburn 44.
COOPER, James Fenimore (1789-1851). "Edinburgh Review on James's Naval Occurences, and Cooper's Naval History." In: The United States Magazine and Democratic Review. New York: J. & H. Langley, Volume IX, January to June 1842.
4o (211 x 135 mm). (Some light spotting, one or two pale stains.) Near contemporary half black calf, marbled paper boards, gilt (joints starting); modern quarter red morocco gilt slipcase. Provenance: C.C. Philomath Adelphic Collection (inscription); P. Jacutz (signature on the title-page); Del. Inst. Library, Schenectady, N.Y (inscription).
FIRST EDITION. Cooper's robust response to the highly critical review his History of the Navy received in the Edinburgh Review in 1840 is contained in two articles published in the May and June issues. Spiller and Blackburn p. 202. (5)
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