Lot 623: James Fenimore Cooper

RR Auction

2015-08-21 10:52:42

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Lot 623: Desirable handwritten manuscript, unsigned, one page, 7.25 x 3.25, no date but circa late 1840s. A section of Cooper's draft for 'Oak Openings,' published in 1848. In part: "Peter turned neither to the right hand nor to the left, until he had led the way down [upon the little] arena of bottom land, already described, and which was found well sprinkled with savages…Most lay extended at length on the green sward, in the indolent repose that is so grateful to an Indian warrior, in his hours of inaction…'There,' said Peter, sternly, fastening his eye with a hostile expression on Bough of the Oak and Ungque, in particular—'There are your captives. Do with them as you will. As for them that have dared to question my faith, let them own that they are liars!'" A notation in another hand to the lower right identifies the piece. Affixed to a slightly larger off-white card. Overall toning, chipping to edges affecting portions of some words, and repairs to a few areas of paper loss also affecting a few words, otherwise very good condition. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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