First Edition in a Contemporary BindingJames Fenimore Cooper. The Last of the Mohicans; A Narrative of 1757. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1826.
First edition. Two octavo volumes bound as one. 282, 289 pages.
Contemporary full calf with morocco spine label. Pages are closely trimmed throughout, occasionally touching page numbers and text. Last leaf of preface has been bound before first leaf. First two leaves of text proper have clean horizontal tears that have been crudely mended by stitching. Lower corners of two pages have been torn off and laid in, slightly affecting text. Vertical tear at bottom gutter of title page of second volume extending about halfway up and slightly toward center of page and similarly affected at last two pages of text. Pages 197-208 of volume 2 misbound after page 36 of volume 1. Lower portion of volume 2 pages dampstained. Lacking rear endpaper. The binding is worn but solid with some wear at head of spine and rubbing to extremities. An unsophisticated copy in good condition.
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