New York: Published by Greeley & McElrath, 1843. 16pp. Original printed wrappers [worn at inner margin] with wrapper title, as issued. Disbound, rubberstamp on title page. Text printed cleanly in two columns per page. Except as noted Very Good.
The Tribune had commented, concerning one of Cooper's many libel suits, "The Circuit Court now sitting here is to be occupied chiefly with the legal griefs of Mr. Fenimore Cooper, who has determined to avenge himself upon the Press for having contributed by its criticisms to his waning popularity as a novelist."
"Between 1837 and 1845 the novelist James Fenimore Cooper waged a war against the American press, bringing a total of 14 private libel suits and 2 criminal libel suits against newspapermen, including Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune. 'The entire nation breathes an atmosphere of falsehoods,' Cooper charged in The American Democrat (1838). 'The country cannot much longer exist in safety under the malign influence that now overshadows it... [The press] as a whole owes its existence to the schemes of interested political adventurers'." [McCoy]. This account of the trial by Greeley summarizes the arguments and testimony. "Cooper sued the editors of the Tribune for publishing an article critical of his actions in a previous libel suit. The jury awarded him $200 damages. This is Greeley's account of the case which was published in the Tribune" [Cohen].
McCoy C543. Cohen 11966. Sabin 16421. Item #34610