Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. First edition. 2 vols. Collation: Vol. I: [i-xii], -282, [blank]; Vol. II: [i-iv], -289, [blank]; collates complete. First issue (BAL 3833 state A) with both copyright pages reading "a Book," misprints on pages 89 and 243 and pgs. vii and 71 both printed correctly in Vol. I. Bound in blue boards (possibly original or contemporary), rebacked, and generally foxed, but uncut. Signature 18 in Vol. II supplied from another first edition copy.
One of the first major American novels and an undisputed classic, the novel uses the French and Indian Wars between 1756 and 1763 as a backdrop for the action. Interestingly, Cooper creates contrasting portraits of the Native Americans, personified in the characters of Chingachgook, wise and stoic, and Magua, deceitful and merciless. The basis for several adaptations, most noteworthy is the 1992 Michael Mann film starring Daniel Day Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. More than any other work “Mohicans” is the basis for Cooper’s legacy in literature. Additional images available upon request. Very Good (Item #455)
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