The Heidenmauer; or, The Benedictines.

First Edition of James Fenimore Cooper's The Heidenmauer; or, The Benedictines

The Heidenmauer; or, The Benedictines.

COOPER, James Fenimore.


Item Number: 69743

Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832.

First edition of the second of Cooper’s European novels, a realistic tale set during the Reformation. Octavo, 2 volumes, original tan paper spines, blue paper boards and paper labels, untrimmed. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise slipcase. BAL 3857. Uncommon in the original boards.

The Heidenmauer; or, The Benedictines – A Story of the Rhine is a novel by James Fenimore Cooper, first published in 1832. The novel is a socio-political novel set in 16th-century Germany that focuses on the competition between various socio-political classes and the tension caused by the Reformation. The Heidenmauer is Cooper's second novel in what one critic would call his European Trilogy, following The Bravo and preceding The Headsman. Like the other novels set in Europe, The Heidenmauer is intent on showing the darker side of European institutions in favor of an American perspective.

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