|Title: ||[Contract] for the right to reprint Naval Biographies/ J[ames]. Fenimore Cooper, Esquire.|
|Personal Author: ||Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.|
|Extent: || leaf.|
|General Note: ||See also additional letters and manuscript fragments from Cooper in the collection.|
|Abstract: ||Cooper signs away the right to reprint the "fifteen numbers of Naval Biographer" for $500 as well as four number to be written; a list of the subjects appears with numbers beside them. The contract may be referencing Cooper's Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers (1846) which expanded on literary territory explored in his The History of the Navy of the United States of America (1839). Cooper, the 11th of 12 children born to the man who founded Cooperstown and built Ostego Hall, is remembered for his books of sailing and wilderness adventure, including the Leatherstocking Series featuring Natty Bumppo, the most well-known of which is Last of the Mohicans (1826). In addition to enjoying the life of a country gentleman in New York, Cooper also traveled and wrote extensively in Europe.|
|Personal Subject: ||Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.|
|Subject: ||American literature--19th century|
Publishers and publishing.