First printing, first issue of this classic of US literature, a major influence on the development of the Western, American Romanticism, and North American-set historical fiction.
Very good plus.
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
One of the earliest writers born in the United States to achieve success on an international scale, Cooper has had a formative influence on the path of American literature that is difficult to overstate. Cooper was perhaps the most significant popularizer of "key forms of American fiction — the Western, the sea tale, the Revolutionary romance" (Franklin, xi). His works sought to build a uniquely American tradition, and his books' sales went a long way towards doing so. In defining the path for future writers, Cooper laid the groundwork for American masterpieces like Hawthorne's SCARLET LETTER and Melville's MOBY-DICK. Even those who disliked his work, like Mark Twain, owe him a debt (which Twain well knew): as Wayne Franklin puts it, "without Cooper, there could have been no Mark Twain" (xxii).
LAST OF THE MOHICANS is a historical novel set during the French and Indian War in 1757, and based in part on Cooper's understanding of the Mohican tribe, part of the Eastern Algonquian family that were forcibly relocated west in the decade after this book's publication. It was Cooper's most successful book to date, and carried his reputation abroad: "In Europe the book produced quite a startling effect," recalled his daughter, the author Susan Fenimore Cooper. In mythologizing the beginning of the United States, LAST OF THE MOHICANS set the terms for how US citizens would tell stories about themselves. (The title itself refers to a myth still incorrectly believed by many descendants of European colonists today, that all the Indigenous nations were disappearing.) The book vividly describes the American wilderness, tying its story to geographic grandeur in an approach (shared by Washington Irving) that applied principles of romanticism to the novel. This focus on nature and narrative was also a critical forerunner to transcendentalist writers like Thoreau. It must also be said that when MOHICANS was translated into the 1992 film it led to, as one of our cataloguers insists, "the greatest film score ever composed" (by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman).
Read more: Spiller and Blackburn, A Descriptive Bibliography of the Writing of James Fenimore Cooper, 7. Susan Fenimore Cooper, Introductions to Novels by James Fenimore Cooper; Wayne Franklin, James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years.
Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. The last of the Mohicans; a narrative of 1767. By the author of "The Pioneers." Two 12mo volumes, 7'' x 4'' each. Contemporary full brown sheep, sympathetically rebacked with original gilt-stamped spines and black morocco spine labels laid down. Speckled edges. xii, 282; , 289,  pages. Minor wear to boards. Light scattered foxing to text, with moderate edgewear to preliminary leaves, small expert paper repairs to margins of a few leaves, including title of vol II. Evidence of dampstain to gutters at front and rear. Offsetting from (no longer present) bookplates to title pages. Hinges cracked, but cords holding firm. Binding sturdy, text cleaner than typical.
The Fine Print
We work hard to meet our ethical responsibility to describe our material accurately. All items are guaranteed as described and may be returned for any reason within 30 days. Please notify us before mailing a return.
We guarantee the authenticity of our items. All materials are original (meaning not facsimiles or reproductions) unless otherwise noted. First editions (meaning first edition, first printing) are explicitly stated. TPM is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and upholds their Code of Ethics.
All photographs are of the actual item for sale. We're happy to provide additional images on request.
All domestic orders ship gratis. For orders under $250, free USPS media mail shipping is included; orders $250 and over ship USPS Priority. International orders over $500 also ship gratis. Expedited, overnight, as well as other carriers (UPS, Fed-Ex, etc.), may carry additional costs beyond quoted rates. All orders receive tracking information and a direct contact in case of any questions.
International buyers are responsible for any customs, taxes, and related import fees. Please note that we are unable to accomodate requests to misrepresent, misdeclare, or otherwise falsify customs documents when shipping internationally. We appreciate your understanding.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, check, money order, and bank wire. We are happy to bill institutional buyers' needs. Sales tax will be added to applicable purchases. Items subject to prior sale.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We prioritize our long-term relationships far above any individual purchase, and we want you to love your item as much as we loved cataloguing it.