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COOPER, James Fenimore.
The Chainbearer; or, The Littlepage Manuscripts.
Richard Bentley. 1845. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Damp marking to lower corner of leading vol. III. Orig. drab boards, blue-green pebble grained cloth spines, sl. chipped & browned printed paper labels; inner hinges sl. weak. Contemp. ownership signature of Clement Sorby on titlepages & leading f.e.p. vol. I. Esher Armorial bookplates & later book labels of Christopher Clark Geest. A v.g. copy in the original binding. Each volume housed in a pale brown cloth fold-over box. Published before the first American edition of the same year. Scarce in commerce; only three copies recorded at auction since 1978. Cooper's second part of a trilogy that begins with Satanstoe and ends with The Redskins. The novels address the issue of land acquisition (measured by the chainbearer) and the westward march of 'civilisation' resulting in the displacement of native Americans. 'The plot has thickened' Cooper writes in his preface; 'and bloodshed has come to deepen the stain left on the country by the widespread and bold assertion of false principles. That portions of the community have behaved nobly under this sudden outbreak of a lawless and unprincipled combination to rob, is undeniable, and ought to be dwelt on with gratitude, and an honest pride . but, while all this is admitted, and admitted not altogether without hope, yet are there grounds for fear, so reasonable and strong, that no writer who is faithful to the real interests of his country ought, for a single moment, to lose sight of them'. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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