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Cooper, James Fenimore
The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757 (in 2 vols.)
Philadelphia: H.C. Carey and I. Lea, 1826. First edition. Bound in modern full straight grain morocco with gilt to spines and boards. Marbled endpapers. Collating [i-xii], [1]-282, missing last blank; [i-iv], [1]-289, [blank]. First issue (BAL 3833 state A) with both copyright pages reading "a Book," misprints on pages 89 and 243. One of the most popular and prolific American authors of the 19th century, Cooper's novels tackled themes that were of great concern in America's frontier expansion and the resulting conflicts between settler colonials and indigenous peoples. Remembered particularly for The Leatherstocking Tales, a group of five novels following the life of frontiersman Natty Bumppo, of which The Last of the Mohicans is the second. Set during the French and Indian War, the novel takes place mostly in upstate New York, and centers on the journey of Cora and Alice Munro, the daughters of British Colonel George Munro, who are traveling to the safety of Fort William Henry. The threat of violence hovers over the party from the opening pages. Alice and Cora travel with an evolving cast of characters, including British soldiers, indigenous scouts, and the famous frontiersman Natty Bumppo. Tenuous alliances make for uneasy traveling conditions, as Cooper's characters are never quite sure whom to trust. Cooper's novels played a part in establishing popular and problematic caricatures of indigenous peoples, especially the pervasive myth that indigenous people were disappearing from the early American landscape. Notably, Cooper writes in the Introduction to The Last of the M … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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