London: Printed for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, Stationers-Hall Court, 1828. Early Reprint. Half-Calf. "Second Edition. In Three Volumes." 16mo: xi,,287,; ,276; ,295,pp. Half calf and marbled boards, spines in five compartments (each with central cartouche in blind), gilt rules, black morocco lettering pieces gilt, edges marbled. Provenance, small book label on each front paste down of "Thomas Digby Legard, Ganton," seventh (1762-1830) or eighth (1803-1860) baronet of Ganton, whose progenitor, John Legard, for whom the baronetcy was created in 1660, fought as a Royalist in the Civil War and sat as Member of Parliament for Scarborough after the Restoration. An excellent set, bindings square, tight and bright, title pages foxed with very light sporadic foxing thereafter, in custom-made folding half morocco case stamped in gilt. Not in Spiller & Blackburn. OCLC: 8506345, citing only two copies worldwide (American Antiquarian Society and Univ. of Tulsa). Near Fine+. Item #BB1127
Second British Edition of Cooper's masterpiece. "The second and most famous of the [five] Leatherstocking Tales, and the first in which the scout Natty Bumpo was made the symbol of all that was wise, heroic and romantic." Grolier American 100, 34) "Set in 1757, during the French and Indian wars, The Last of the Mohicans established Natty Bumppo (called “Hawkeye” in this novel) as one of the immortal figures of American literature and indeed of the American imagination. Like the magnificent landscape of forests and waterfalls in which he moves, Natty is here restored to the full vigor of an earlier period of life. With his role as frontier scout and his hunting outfit which combines white and native elements, he appears to inhabit a liminal space between the culture of his origin and the world of his friends, the native warriors Chingachgook and his son Uncas, the last Mohican of the title." (The Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.