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3 December 2007
COOPER, James Fenimore. "The Lake Gun." In: Specimens of American Literature, with Illustrations. New York, 1866.
4o bound in 2s (275 x 218 mm). 4 engraved plates, numerous illustrations in the text (some browning and spotting, some offsetting from insertions.) Original cloth-backed marbled paper boards (scuffed at the corners); modern quarter red morocco slipcase. Provenance: E.E. de Lancey (note dated 1920); James Fenimore Cooper (letter addressed to him dated 1932).
First published in 1850 by G.E. Wood in The Parthenon.[With:] Autograph note signed "E.E. de Lancey", presumably to Cooper's grandson James Fenimore Cooper, Geneva, N.Y., 6 September 1920. (80 x 112 mm). "I have heard the 'Lake Gun' many times, as a boy in the 70's. Of late years it has ceased, and is unknown to this generation." Also a typed letter signed to Cooper's grandson from Morris G. Bishop: " . . . the only mention I have found [of The Lake Gun] is in your edition of Cooper's Correspondence. I should like to ask you, therefore, if the Lake Gun ever appeared in book form, or in a magazine. It would certainly seem probable, since it was already written and paid for." Spiller and Blackburn 52.
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