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The Spy; A Tale of the Neutral Ground
New York: Wiley & Halsted, 1821, 1821. First edition. BAL 3826, state B of volume 2; Spiller & Blackburn 2; Wright I, 717. Some light foxing and intermittent stains; spines repaired; one-inch tear in one leaf, without loss; very good copy, enclosed in a quarter morocco clamshell box.. 2 vols, 12mo, contemporary black quarter calf, marbled boards, gilt rules and lettering. Cooper's famous second novel, a tale of the American Revolution which established him as the foremost author of American historical fiction, and it laid the groundwork for his future Leatherstocking Tales, the American equivalent of Walter Scott's Waverley Novels. In his six-page preface Cooper discusses the American novel, and notes that American material is more difficult to work with than English and European: "Murder is . . . much more interesting in a castle than in a corn field." The Spy is a rarity in first edition among early American novels. Ownership name of "A. Forrus" gilt stamped at the foot of the spines.
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