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Paris edition of the first great American novel, only months after the first (Philadelphia) edition

[COOPER, James Fenimore].

The last of the Mohicans; a narrative of 1757.
Paris, A. & W. Galignani (back of half-titles: printed by Jules Didot), 1826. 3 volumes bound as 1. 12mo. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine.

€ 1,500

Paris edition (in English), following the first edition (Philadelphia, Carey & Lea) and first British edition (London, Miller) printed in the same year, of the highly successful first great American novel The last of the Mohicans, a story set in America in 1757 and the most popular work of the novelist James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851). It is the second novel in the series known as The leatherstocking tales.
This Paris edition appeared in two issues, differing only in the imprint: A. & W. Galignani and L. Baudry. It did not parallel the enormous popularity of the U.S. and British editions, Baudry and Galignani writing to Cooper in October of 1826, "Il nous faudrait du temps pour en trouver le placement en France. Nous pensions cependant arriver peu a peu a etre couvert de nos frais ...".
With owner's stamp on the title-page ("J. Sug.") and a generic bookplate on the back of the title-page, with the name filled in in manuscript ("T.(?) vd. Staal"). Foxed throughout and the binding rubbed along the extremities, otherwise in good condition.
Max Yela, "James Fenimore Cooper" in: The classic text: traditions and interpretations (online); cf. Kent, Bibl. notes on one hundred book famous in English literature 76 (1826 Phildelphia ed.).

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