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James Fenimore Cooper Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER
Born: September 15, 1789 in Burlington, New Jersey
Died: September 14, 1851 in Cooperstown, New York
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James 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.
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  • JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 06/13/1842  - HFSID 2121
    JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 06/13/1842 - HFSID 2121
    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.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 08/01/1845  - HFSID 35795
    JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 08/01/1845 - HFSID 35795
    JAMES FENIMORE COOPER Check signed by James Fenimore Cooper to John Collen for $14.50 in wages. Check filled out and signed: "J. Feminore Cooper", 6x2¼. Cooperstown, New York, 1845 August 1. Check number 232, drawn on the Otsego County Bank, payable to "John Collen, in full for wages" for $14.50.

    Sale Price $324.00

    $360.00

  • JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 12/27/1844  - HFSID 4307
    JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 12/27/1844 - HFSID 4307
    JAMES FENIMORE COOPER James Fenimore Cooper fills out and signs a check for $70.00 to Moses Lippitt. Partly Printed Check filled out and signed: "J. Fenimore Cooper", 6x2½. Cooperstown, "Dec. 27th [18]44". No. 103. Payable to "Moses Lippitt, on order" for "Seventy" [dollars].

    Sale Price $324.00

    $360.00

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