Hard Cover. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1841. First Edition. Very Good.
Two volumes. First edition, first printing. Publisher's purple muslin cloth with printed paper title label to each spine, plain white endpapers. An excellent set, lightly worn at extremities, particularly around spine ends, spines and edges lightly faded, spine labels toned and rubbed with text still clear, bookplate to front pastedown of each volume, Vol. I with small water stain to lower part of front board, significant foxing to prelims and final blanks, light foxing scattered throughout text block, front free endpaper with a tiny closed tear to outer edge and clipping from a contemporary catalog tipped in, Vol. II with some light scattered foxing to text block. Overall, a nice set, rare in the original cloth free of any repairs or restoration. BAL 3895. The Deerslayer is the fifth and final novel in James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, a series of books set in the second half of the 18th century and focused on the travels and adventures of the young frontiersman Natty Bumppo. The Deerslayer, though it was written last, serves as a prequel to the other four novels, and follows Bumppo as he strives to protect his adoptive Native American community from harm. Notably, Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales received largely mixed responses from the critical community; the books are the subject of Mark Twain's 1895 essay "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses," but remain popular, and have been adapted for a number of films since the early 20th century.