James Fenimore Cooper | First Editions
1789 - 1851
James Fenimore Cooper (September 15, 1789 – September 15, 1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. Moreover, Cooper was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and, in his later years, contributed generously to it. Fans of Cooper may be interested to know that he attended Yale University for three years, where he was a member of the Linonian Society, but was expelled for misbehavior.
Before embarking on his career as a writer, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman, which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. The novel that launched his career was The Spy, a tale about counterespionage set during the Revolutionary War and published in 1821. Cooper also wrote numerous sea stories - of which, his best-known are the five historical novels of the frontier period, known as the Leatherstocking Tales.
Among his most famous works is the Romantic novel The Last of the Mohicans, often regarded as his masterpiece. Cooper's historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature, which remains popular today.
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London: T. Nelson and Sons, n.d [circa 1910]. A Nelson 'Sixpenny Classic' Sextodecimo, pp.[iv]; 498; 10, ads. With illustrated frontispiece and decorative title page. Publisher's hardcover in original pictorial dust-wrapper. Edges spotted, jacket with a couple of nicks and tears; a very good copy. An epic novel featuring Natty Bumppo...
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1832. [Classic Literature] EX LIBRIS WILLIAM GLADSTONE, a later edition. Octavo (17 x 11cm), pp.viii; 420; . With an engraved frontispiece and vignette title page. Contemporary brown half calf with gilt titles and decoration to spine. Marbled boards, edges and endpapers marbled. Armorial bookplate...
New York: Charles Scriber's Sons, 1925. FIRST EDITION. Quarto, pp. x; 462. Bound in publisher's black cloth with gilt titles to spine, and paper cover mounted to upper. Pictorial endpapers depicting native warriors. Title page shown in decorative colour plate format. Features nine additional colour plates throughout textblock. Cloth in...