Lounsbury, Thomas R. American Men of Letters: James Fenimore Cooper. Houghton Mifflin, 1910. Tissue-covered engraving as frontispiece. The fifth volume in the "American Men of Letters" series. Stamp of T. Chalkley Matlack to front pastedown. Measures approx. 5" x 7.25". Some light rubbing to edges and corners.
This volume has been extra illustrated by Thomas Chalkley Matlack, a Quaker artist and scholar from Moorestown, NJ. Following the issued title page, a lovely decorative title page with a pinecone vignette in watercolors has been tipped-in, and a brief biography of Cooper, handwritten and with Native American and nautical elements, is included. Throughout the book, original portraits in black & grey watercolors by Matlack have been tipped-in at appropriate points, including John Jay, Lafayette, and Charles Sumner. A full color vignette of Otsego Hall has also been added.
A charming example of original extra illustration from the period.