• Early American Author J. Fenimore Cooper Signs Check; Father Founded Cooperstown, New York

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    JAMES FENIMORE COOPER (September 15, 1789 – September 4, 1851) was a 19th century American writer whose historical romances of frontier and American Indian life created a unique form of literature.  He lived most of his life in Cooperstown, NY, which was founded by his father William. Prior to his writing career, he served in the U.S. Navy as a midshipman, which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings.


    Offering a partly-printed check, 2 ½ x 5 ¾, drawn on the Otsego County Bank, Oct. 28, 1834, payable to the Post Office for $2.34 ½ cents.  Very nice red PAID stamp, going through a portion of Cooper’s signature.


    Toning and one tiny tear at the very bottom, well away from the writing and signature.  Also comes with a 5 ½ x 7 ¼ engraving of an older Cooper produced from an original painting.  Very nice Americana.


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