"OUR ROUTE LAY THROUGH MEADOWS OF SHORT BUT SWEET GRASSES; AND LITTLE GIRLS CAME OUT TO MEET US, EVERY TEN OR FIFTEEN RODS, WITH OFFERINGS OF ROSES, CHERRIES ON THEIR BRANCHES, AND STRAWBERRIES IN THE LEAVES…"
(COOPER, James Fenimore). Sketches of Switzerland. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1836. Two volumes. Small octavo, original purple cloth. Housed in custom chemises and half morocco slipcase. $550.
First edition of Cooper's first travel book, written after seven years' residence in Europe, in original cloth.
Written as a series of letters, Sketches of Switzerland is the first of a series of travel books that Cooper wrote after returning from Europe after 7 years and is based on time spent by the Cooper family based outside Berne. Spiller & Blackburn 20. BAL 3871.
Scattered light foxing to text; a bit of soiling to a few leaves in Volume II. Original cloth with toning to spines.