London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington-Street, 1829. First Edition. Half-Calf. First Printing, complete in three volumes, of the "first anti-miscegenation novel in our literature [Fiedler]. 12mo: xiv,299,; ,311,; ,316pp. True First Edition of this historical novel (published in London, September, and later, in November, in Philadelphia, under the title The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish: A Tale, both from the same sheets printed in Florence by Molini). Contemporary pink half calf over marbled boards by Harrison of Belfast (their ticket to front paste down of vol. I); black morocco lettering pieces gilt; spines decorated in blind; marbled endpapers and edges. A truly excellent set, occasional light foxing, mostly marginal; spines rubbed and faded to tan. Rare: according to WorldCat, held only in British Library. Spiller & Blackburn 11. BAL 3843. Sabin 16416. Fiedler, quoted in Wallace, James D., “Race and Captivity in Cooper's the Wept of Wish-ton-wish,” American Literary History 7.2 (1995): 189–209. Fine. Item #BB1450
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