"WE BEGAN, SIGNORI, AS WE HAVE ENDED: DISTRUSTFUL AND STRUGGLING TO SEE WHICH COULD DO THE OTHER THE MOST HARM"
(COOPER, James Fenimore). The Headsman; or, the Abbaye des Vignerons. A Tale. Paris: Baudry's Foreign Library, 1833. Octavo, contemporary half brown sheep gilt, marbled boards and edges. $300.
First French edition in English, published the same year as the London first edition.
The final novel in Cooper's trilogy that includes The Bravo and The Heidenmauer, charting the decline of feudalism and the rise of democratic liberalism. This edition was published as Volume 50 in the Collection of Ancient and Modern British Novels and Romances series. See BAL 3860. Spiller & Blackburn 17. Armorial bookplate.
Only mild foxing to text, a bit of wear to joint ends of handsome contemporary binding. An extremely good copy.