The Red Rover.
The Red Rover, a tale about piracy that takes place in 1759, features a free black sailor named Scipio. The death of Scipio, which is a pivotal moment in the novel, was featured on the title page of the Darley edition of Cooper's novels (illustrations for the edition may be seen in the "Illustrating Cooper" section of this website). The manuscript for The Red Rover, now at AAS, was used as copy-text for the Cooper Edition. A portion of the manuscript may be seen in the "Manuscript to Print" exhibit on this website.
The copy displayed here is the Colburn edition, which was published in London on November 30, 1827. The first edition was published three days earlier in Paris by Hector Bossange and the American edition on January 9, 1828.