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The Last of the Mohicans. A Narrative of 1757. By the author of the 'The Spy','The Pilot', 'The Pioneers', &c. &c.
London John Miller New Bridge Street 1826 - First English edition, 3 volumes, 8vo., vi, 237; [4], 276; [4], 295pp., correct half-titles to vols. 2 & 3 (not issued with volume one), paper lightly age-toned, near-fine, near contemporary half-crushed morocco over marble boards, a little rubbed and chipped but otherwise an exceptionally good set. The U. S. first edition (Philadelphia) of the same year comprised two volumes with the U. K. edition following about two months later. The English edition consisted of 1250 copies, set from advance sheets forwarded to London as they came off the press in Philadelphia. James Fenimore Cooper is considered to be the first true American novelist. His most popular work, The Last of the Mohicans, has remained one of the most widely read novels throughout the world and it, along with the other four novels that make up The Leatherstocking Tales, has profoundly influenced the way many view both the American Indians and the frontier period of American history. Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. The abduction of the beautiful Munro sisters by hostile savages, the treachery of the renegade brave Magua, the ambush of innocent settlers, and the thrilling events that lead to the final tragic confrontation between rival war parties create a vivd picture of life on the frontier. As the idyllic wilderness gives way to the forces of civilization, the novel presents a moving portrayal of a vanishing race and the end of its way of life in the great American forests. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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