Hard Cover. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1841. First Edition. Good.
Two volumes. First edition, first printing. Publisher's purple muslin cloth with printed paper title label to each spine, plain white endpapers. Both volumes rubbed and worn at the extremities, with spotting and rippling to cloth, spine labels chipped and rubbed. Former owner bookplate of Charles MacA. Willcox to the front pastedowns, dampstain to lower half of volume I and with scattered foxing throughout, volume II very clean with only a few small spots of foxing. Overall, a good set, rare in the original cloth and 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.