Item #253 The Last of the Mohicans. James F. Cooper.

The Last of the Mohicans

Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. First Edition. Boards. 2 vols. 1st edition, 1st printing (p. 89 mis–numbered 93, etc.). A very good, unrepaired set, in original paper boards, spines chipped, mostly at the bottom, but sound and solid, labels rubbed, corner of 1 blank rear endpaper chipped (fragment laid–in), a few short marginal tears, a fox spot here and there (as always with this paper), but amazingly clean, the nicest I’ve seen, and most are foxed to nasty. A mighty impressive 1st edition, untouched and in no way besmirched by little fix–it hands, complete, uncut and perfect with all blanks, an absolutely virtuous American antique. Repaired copies (see next) are ok, at the right price, but rebound ones are all 9 hour plane rides with a small child kicking the back of your seat. The previous, real, unmended set in boards, in ABPC, did $30,800, Christie’s Dec. 9, 1993 (the set at Sotheby’s, Oct. 20, 2012, had some strengthening), and once every 18 years seems about right for such a book. Ex–Mathews. Ex–Barton Currie, Parke–Bernet (May 7, 1963). Very good. Item #253

Price: $60,000.00

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