[COOPER, James Fenimore]. The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish, a tale. Florence: printed [by Molini] at Dante's Head, 1829. Three vols., 12mo, contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines gilt (traces of rubbing). First edition. BAL 3843. A notorious rarity. In 1826, Cooper took his family abroad for a stay of almost seven years. Four novels which he wrote during this period were first set in type by continental printers, wherever Cooper happened to be at the time, and sheets were then sent to England and America for normal publication. Two of these, The Praire (1828), and The Red Rover (1829), were printed in Paris, and are uncommon, though not unfindable. The other two, the present title and the Dresden edition of The Water-Witch (1831) have long been recognized as much the most difficult Cooper novels to find in a first printing. Over the Years we have handled one copy of The Water-Witch and have seen two or three others for sale. Of the Wept of Wish-ton-Wish we have seen only tow copies, this one, and one which we supplied some years ago to the notable Cooper collection at the American Antiquarian Society. The NUC lists four other copies (MH, PBL, CtY, ViU). The BAL entry for this book is somewhat unsatisfactory, as this original edition is incorporated, without collation, into the entry for the first London edition (as The Borderers). which may possible have been "published" before the Florence printing, though the Italian printing clearly came first and was used, as we have indicated, to set the London edition; the Philadelphia edition followed several months later. Some foxing (as the paper is not of good quality), but a fine set, complete with half-titles, and with the outer edges uncut. Spiller and Blackburn, p.61. In a morocco-backed slipcase with individual chemises.