“Every trail has its end, and every calamity brings its lesson!”: First British Edition of Cooper's Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757.
Cooper, James Fenimore.
Item Number: 95297
London: John Miller, 1826.
Rare first British edition of James Fenimore Cooper’s masterpiece. Octavo, 3 volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, black spine labels, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition with some light rubbing, the text is remarkably clean.
“The Last of the Mohicans is the most famous of the Leatherstocking Tales, and the first in which the scout Natty Bumppo was made the symbol of all that was wise, heroic and romantic in the lives and characters of the white men who made the American wilderness their home… The novel glorified for many generations of readers, in England, France, Russia, and at home, some aspects of American life that were unique to our cultural history” (Grolier American 100 34). "[Cooper's] sympathy is large, and his humor is as genuine—and as perfectly unaffected—as his art" (Joseph Conrad). It was the basis for the film, directed by Michael Mann starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, and Jodhi May,