The Complete Works of James Fenimore Cooper
32 Volumes, Complete Collection
The Leather-Stocking Limited Edition – 773 of 1000
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York in 1895 and 1896
Stunning Custom Full Leather Bindings
Binding Details: Stunning contemporary custom full straight grain morocco leather bindings with raised hubs to the spine that also features gilt ruled compartments, gilt titling, and elaborate gilt decorations. The front and rear covers are tripled gilt ruled with roseette gilt decorations on the corners. This motif carries over to the turn-ins. There are marbled endpapers and the top page ends are gold gilted. Each volume has a built in satin bookmark.
Collection Details: Published in 1895 and 1896 (the books were released 4 volumes at a time starting in 1895 and ending in 1896) by G.P. Putnam’s Sons (The Knickerbocker Press), this is the 32 volume Leather-Stocking Edition of the Complete Works of James Fenimore which was limited to 1000 sets with this being number 773. Each volume features a steel engraved frontispiece as well as additional engravings printed on japan vellum protected by captioned tissue guards printed in red.
James Fenimore Cooper is widely considered to be the first true American novelist. At the height of his fame in the early nineteenth century, James Fenimore Cooper was America's foremost novelist and one of the most successful writers in the world. Few would dispute the cultural significance of his innovative tales. Building on the example of the British novelist Sir Walter Scott, Cooper wrote the first American historical novels and in the process made subjects such as Native Americans, the western wilderness, and the democratic political system compelling and popular topics for fiction. His most popular work, The Last of the Mohicans, has remained one of the most widely read novels throughout the world and it, along with the other four novels that make up The Leatherstocking Tales, has tremendously impacted the way many view both the American Indians and the frontier period of American history.
Each volume measures approximately 9” x 6.5” and includes a preface as well as a limitation page which is signed by the publisher and contains the limitation number 773 of 1000.
Condition Report: The bindings are in FINE condition with a few volumes having extremely superficial surface wear. Internally the books are very clean with no foxing or other markings. There are no bookplates or signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautifully bound collection that houses the complete works of one of America’s greatest writers.
A photograph of the collection appears in the photo section of the listing.