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New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1895. Mohawk Edition.. Hardcover. 33 Volumes of Cooper in Lovely Green Morocco. 216 x 146 mm (8 1/2 x 5 3/4"). 33 volumes. "Mohawk Edition.". EXTREMELY PLEASING MODERN GREEN HALF MOROCCO, HANDSOMELY GILT, over light green linen boards, raised bands, spines elegantly gilt in compartments with corner volutes and crossed arrow centerpieces, top edges gilt. Each volume with a frontispiece as well as vignette title on India paper, with tissue guard between them. Front pastedown with red oval morocco bookplate of W. A. M. Burden (see below). Spiller & Blackburn, p. 173. Spines lightly sunned (as always with green morocco), with two volumes faded a bit more toward olive than the others, a bit of wear to corners, otherwise A FINE SET, the decorative gilt bindings bright and extremely pleasing, and with only the most trivial imperfections internally. This is an especially attractive set on the shelf of the works of the first American writer to gain widespread international recognition. According to Spiller & Blackburn, our Mohawk Edition (also known as the "Leather-Stocking" or "Twentieth Century" Edition) is based upon the Stringer and Townsend "People's Edition" of 1857-60. These two editions are the only American sets of Cooper novels to include the seldom seen "Ned Myers." James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) is the only American author who can justly be compared to Scott in the field of the romantic novel. Although they are chiefly thought of as vehicles for romanticizing the American frontier, Cooper's works, in Day's words, are serious explorations of the theme of a "search for enduring moral values amidst incessant change." Cooper is most famous for his five so-called Leather-Stocking Novels, all featuring the mythic wilderness hunter Natty Bumppo, "the prototype of a recurrent figure in American fiction: the free, noble, solitary American who denies a safe and conforming life in order to maintain dignity, self-possession, and the natural inner discipline of true democracy." (Day) Our previous owner, William Armistead Moale Burden (1906-84), was a prominent aviation consultant, United States ambassador to Belgium, and assistant to the U. S. Secretary of Commerce for civil aviation from 1942-47.
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