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JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 06/13/1842 - HFSID 2121

JAMES FENNIMORE COOPER Cooper signed this check in 1842, one year after the publication of The Deerslayer. This check was drawn on a bank in Cooperstown, New York on Otsego Lake - better known to Cooper

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JAMES FENNIMORE COOPER
Cooper signed this check in 1842, one year after the publication of The Deerslayer. This check was drawn on a bank in Cooperstown, New York on Otsego Lake - better known to Cooper fans as "Glimmerglass" and a prominent lake in The Deerslayer - and demonstrates that things had calmed down significantly around Otsego Lake since the wild days depicted in The Deerslayer, or at least enough for a bank to operate. Comes in a 10x13 Gallery of History-style leather portfolio.
Partly Printed Check signed: "J. Fennimore Cooper", 5x2 check in a 10x13 (closed) leather portfolio. Cooperstown,1842 June 13. Check no. "729" for $8.75, drawn on the Cooperstown branch of the Otsego County Bank and payable to "Hardy" or bearer. This check was written one year after the publication of The Deerslayer, the last of the Leather-Stocking Tales. Interestingly, this check was drawn from a Cooperstown, New York branch of the Otsego County Bank. Cooperstown is at the southern end of Otsego Lake. Fans of Cooper may know Otsego Lake better as "Glimmerglass", a prominent lake in The Deerslayer and several other Cooper stories. In 1811, Cooper (1789-1851) received an inheritance of $50,000 and became a free-spending wealthy gentleman. By 1819, his fortune was gone and he was heavily in debt. To recoup his losses, Cooper speculated in land, invested in a frontier store and, in 1820, began writing the fiction that eventually brought wealth and world fame. The Spy, published in 1821, was followed by a series of five novels known collectively as The Leather-Stocking Tales: The Pioneers (1823), The Last of the Mohicans (1826), The Prairie (1827), The Pathfinder (1840) and The Deerslayer (1841). The author added "Fenimore" to his name in 1826 to keep his mother's name alive. Lightly toned. Normal bank stamps, which touch signature. In leather folio, Gallery of History style: 21x13.

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