FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF COOPER'S HOMEWARD BOUND
COOPER, James Fenimore. Homeward Bound: or, the Chase. A Tale of the Sea. By the Author of "The Pilot," "The Spy," Etc. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1838. Two volumes. Octavo, contemporary full speckled tan sheep, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, black morocco spine labels. $450.
First American edition, published the same year as the London first edition.
Cooper's nautical adventure is a fictional statement of the aristocratic social ideals he detailed in The American Democrat, published the same year. According to Spiller & Blackburn, Probably printed first in Philadelphia… Published: London: Richard Bentley, May 14, 1838; Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Blanchard, August 4, 1838" (Spiller & Blackburn 27). BAL II, 289. Sabin 16448. With "Novels and Tales 29 " on spines. Contemporary owner signature on title pages.
Interiors foxed, contemporary binding very handsome.