New York: James G. Gregory, 1862. Darley, F.O.C. First. hardcover. From Drawings by Darley. India Proofs Before Letter. Illustrated with 64 splendid engravings, mounted on a single-sided page, protected with tissue and accompanied by a page of explanatory text. Folio, full contemporary red pebbled morocco; with ornate gilt panels on cover and spine; marbled endpapers, a.e.g. New York: James G. Gregory, 1862. A near fine copy with very clean plates. near fine.
An impressive book presented by the publishers as a monument to national art. Scenes and characters from Fenimore Cooper are illustrated by the leading American artists of the time, engraved in bank-note style. It was perhaps the first attempt to introduce the deep cutting & solid lining of a bank-note die into book work.