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Moby-Dick; or, the whale

Melville, Herman
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Book Description: Harper & Brothers, 1851. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First American Edition; first binding; with the original cloth bound in blue from the publisher. In the Melville bibliography, this would be the blue "A" cloth, the true first American edition and most desirable copy for a collector. Many copies of this first edition were burned in a fire, and the remaining copies tend to be re-bound. This rare first edition is one of the surviving copies still in the original cloth, untouched. The book has some foxing mainly effecting the first few pages and the endpapers. The front flyleaf has a small piece of the corner missing, not effecting any lettering. The boards have some wear to the corners and edges. The spine ends have some light fraying. Otherwise, the book is quite lovely. Besides the previous owner's early signature, the book is clean. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. The binding is tight, and the book is one of the nicer copies that you will find on the market with the original first printing binding. Overall, a collectable copy of this first edition housed in custom clamshell for preservation. We buy Melville First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-457533586

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Moby Dick; or, the Whale.

MELVILLE, Herman.
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1851. hardcover. Book Condition: very good(-). First. 8vo, original brown cloth, stamped in blind & gilt, the spine slightly eroded at the extremes. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. First American Edition. First binding, with the publisher's device stamped on both sides; orange-brown endpapers; light foxing, as usual, particularly on the blank extra flyleaves & title page; spine has several short (repaired) tears at the extremes. 6 pages of ads. In all, a sound copy of this important book, housed in a full leather slipcase with an elaborately gilt spine. AL 13664; Grolier American 60. Bookseller Inventory # 179424

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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

MELVILLE, HERMAN.
(Boston, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851, 1851. First American Edition; first binding; publisher's green cloth. Foxing; some page staining; cloth spotting and fraying; contemporary inscription on the front endpaper; a good copy in a custom slipcase. The three-volume London edition was published a month earlier. Harper & Brothers set the type from Melville's manuscript, and the English edition was set from Melville's annotated Harper sheets. The American edition contains some 35 passages expurgated by Bentley in the The Whale. Nearly all of the unsold copies of this 3000 copy edition were destroyed three years later in a warehouse fire, but this loss would hardly have upset the critical and reading public, as the book was generally misunderstood and largely ignored. Melville's career sunk like the Pequod, his reputation salvaged only well after his death. Bookseller Inventory # 27892

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Moby Dick; or, The Whale.

MELVILLE, Herman.
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Harper, New York, 1851. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. First. Melville's great classic, in the first binding, complete with 6 pages of ads at rear; covers blind-stamped with a heavy rule frame and circular device in the center of both boards. This copy has double orange flyleaves, front & rear, with an ownership signature dated 1851 on the verso of the rear orange flyleaf. Housed in an attractive 1/4 green morocco slipcase. -- BAL 13664. xxiii, 635 pages, plus ads. Thick 8vo, original slate blue cloth faded to green on spine and edges and with light shelf wear; upper corner of front cover faintly stained and with repairs at spine ends; original orange endpapers are discolored at center and have a small embossed bookseller's ticket; some light foxing on title and other preliminary pages. New York: Harper & Brothers & London: Richard Bentley, 1851. First edition. A very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 178399

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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

MELVILLE, Herman
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Book Description: Harper and Brothers, New York, 1851. First Edition. A firm, unsophisticated copy of Melville's masterpiece, preceded by a three-volume London edition a month earlier. The American edition was 3000 copies, but the book sold poorly, and many unsold copies were destroyed in a warehouse fire in 1854. BAL 13664. GROLIER AMERICAN 60. Octavo (19cm); Blanck's first binding of slate A cloth with embossed circular publisher's device to front and rear boards; [i-xxiv], [1]-[635] + 6pp. publisher's ads. Original orange-coated endpapers. A good, unrestored copy. Spine has faded to tan, with consequent dulling to gilt; small losses to cloth at spine ends, joints and board edges, with one small, old inexpert repair to cloth at base of spine. Front free endpaper with a small (ca. 1/2") abrasion, the result of an ill-advised erasure, which has further suffered an undignified later attempt at re-coloring. Scattered foxing within, but text generally fresh and tight. Bookplate of Miriam Dyer-Bennett to front pastedown. In custom morocco and marbled paper clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 17039

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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Melville, Herman
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Book Description: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York, 1851. First Edition. FIRST BINDING, with the publisher's circular device blindstamped on the front and back board. Publisher's original red cloth with gilt-stamped spine, expertly rebacked with the loss only of a little of the decorative rule at the spine tips. There are a few light residual creases to the cloth on the spine, and a faint, semi-circular dampstain on the front board. Internally, the name R. G. Stockbridge is twice stamped in ink on the front free endpaper and there is some scattered foxing, mostly light, a little heavier on the flyleaves and preliminaries. Complete with the original brown-orange endpapers, the six pages of terminal publisher's ads, a terminal blank, and double flyleaves at both the front and back. A bright, Very Good copy in the appealing red cloth binding. BAL 13664. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 000122

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Moby Dick or The Whale. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent

KENT, ROCKWELL] MELVILLE, HERMAN.
(Boston, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1930, 1930. First Edition; one of 1000 copies. Quarto; three volumes; publisher's black cloth; very minor wear; a near fine set in the original aluminum slipcase, which has some scratches and discoloration. Two of the volumes retain the remnants of the original clear dust jackets with paper flaps. and an announcement of an exhibition of Kent's drawings for this book is laid in. More 80 years on, this remains the finest illustrated edition of the book often claimed as America's great novel. Bookseller Inventory # 29026

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Book Description: The Arion Press, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The book is in very good condition. This is a large book measuring 10 " x 15". The Silver lettering to the spine is bright. There is some light rubbing to the outside boards. There are no signatures, bookplates, or markings of any kind in the book. This book contains all 100 wood engravings by Barry Moser. All the illustrations are in excellent condition. The pages are clean and free of any foxing. This is the limited First edition and is one of only 250 copies printed by the Arion Press in 1979. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13093238662

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Moby Dick: Or The Whale

MELVILLE, Herman
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Book Description: Lakeside Press, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition. 4to. 280 illustrations by Rockwell Kent. Original silver stamped black cloth, beveled edges; top edges stained black (spine ends slightly toned). Very good, no foxing. 3 volumes complete. No signatures or bookplates. Original aluminum slipcase (usual rubbing). Pages are mostly unopened. There is little if any of the offsetting of the plates onto the text. One of 1,000 sets. Artist and the Book 140. Kent's magnum opus. Extra shipping required. Bookseller Inventory # 308649

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Moby Dick or, The Whale 3 Vols.

Melville, Herman
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Book Description: Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. Book Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: fair. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). First edition thus. Limited Edition of 1000. In aluminum slipcase as released, with original cellophane present but in pieces. Large Quarto, silver decorations on grey cloth. Spines slightly sunned. All 3 volumes in Very Good+ condition, the only fault being the owner's pastedown p A beautiful and famous edition decorated and illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Profusely illustrated with Kent's signature engraving style., this edition has become the definitive Moby Dick of the twentieth century. Bookseller Inventory # TW100000292

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MOBY DICK, or The Whale

Melville, Herman; Rockwell Kent, illustrator
(Durham, NC, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: The Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. First of this illustrated edition. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930. Three volumes. xxvii, [1], 279; vi, [2], 284; and vii, [1], 282, [5] pages. Illustrations by Rockwell Kent throughout, reckoned in the pagination. Original black cloth stamped in silver, designed by Rockwell Kent. [30 cm.] Complete with the original aluminum slipcase (scuffed and with some discoloration); lacking the glassine dust jackets. Good plus. Nice internally with the expected offsetting from the plates onto the facing pages. Partially unopened. Endpapers are little tanned at the hinges. Bindings are solid and tight, however the spines show a little silverfish damage, resulting in some slight loss of cloth at the ends. The portions of the paper spine linings thus exposed have been professionally colored to closely match the surrounding cloth, making the damage far less noticeable. Still a respectable set overall. FIRST OF THIS ILLUSTRATED EDITION. One of one thousand sets printed. A single volume trade edition was issued later the same year. A beautifully designed and printed edition, this is one of the high spots of American book illustration in the 20th century. Bookseller Inventory # 0000440

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MOBY DICK

Melville, Herman (novel); Kent, Rockwell (illustrations)
(Winchester, VA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Random House, New York, 1930. First Edition. Octavo; black cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in silver on spine and front panel; dustjacket; 822pp, [5]; illus. A fresh, Fine copy, with the gilt bright and entirely unrubbed. Dustjacket shows a barely-discernable trace of sunning to spine, with a single 3/8" tear at upper edge of rear panel, else Fine - a superlative copy, the very best we've seen or handled. Melville's towering achievement, richly illustrated throughout by Rockwell Kent following the 3-volume Lakeside Press edition published the same year. One of the most iconic illustrated books of the 20th century, and a highpoint of Art Deco design and typography. After seeing, selling, and handling several dozen copies of this edition, we can say conclusively that we've found a copy that defies expectations. Bookseller Inventory # 1713

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Book Description: London: Jonathan Cape, 1923-25., 1923. All First Editions of The Library Edition. 7 volumes. A beautiful presentation in recent full dark blue morocco leather with raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to spines; top edges gilt. This is the First Collected Edition of the Romances, not noted by Blanck. 'Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby-Dick — largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for Melville's fall from favour with the reading public — was rediscovered in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.' Moby Dick, listed in 'The Novel 100' (Burt, 2004). Bookseller Inventory # 42802

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Moby Dick

Herman Melville
(Northampton, UK, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: Putman, UK, 1901. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. A Burnham Shute (illustrator). First Edition Thus. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 1st Edition Thus 1901. New introduction by Louis Becke. A. Burnham Shute (illustrator).Four black and white plates This classic novel was largely forgotton until D H Lawrence praised the work in the 1920's. Early edition of this work are very scarce. Book is very good and quitey bright. Edges and spine tips rubbed. Contents good. Small loss to endpaper. Endpapers cracked at hinges but nice tight binding. A good example of a very scarce early edition of this classic work. PLEASE DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE. Digital images available upon request.Ref 6670. Bookseller Inventory # 009336

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MOBY DICK] HARPERS NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE

MELVILLE, Herman
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Book Description: NY: Harper & Brothers, (1851), 1851. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Very first appearance of Moby Dick in any form: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. XVII, October, 1851, Vol. III, the opening chapter of the classic, here entitled, The Town-Ho's Story. Further explanation provided as, From 'The Whale,' the title of a new work by Mr. Melville, in the press of Harper & Brothers, and now publishing in London by Mr. Bentley. Beautifully presented in a custom designed heavy plexiglass free-standing, double-sided frame to enhance the display of this unique literary collectible. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-4280141551

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Moby Dick

MELVILLE, Herman
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Book Description: Cassell & Company, limited, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First British edition from Lakeside Press sheets. Thick 8vo. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Full navy blue gilt stamped morocco, marble endpapers, upper cover with grey whale onlay; edges gilt. Fine, fresh. 826 pages. No signatures or bookplates. Extra shipping required. Bookseller Inventory # 309062

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Moby Dick

Herman Melville
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Book Description: Random House, New York, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). 1st Edition. Black cloth with silver stamping. Book cover has head of whale, and spine has tail of whale, both in silver. End papers with slight browning. Owner's signature at top of front end paper. Many illustrations throughout by Rockwell Kent. Jacket spine is missing "se" in House and "o" in Random - back jacket edge is missing a small 1/2" section at bottom. Small chip at bottom edge and folding flap of front jacket. Dust jacket front and back covers completely intact and no graphics missing. Dust jacket in plastic. Bookseller Inventory # 000293

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MOBY DICK

Melville, Herman & Neiman, Larry
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Book Description: Random House, 1975. First Edition. MOBY DICK, The Artist's Limited Edition, 1975, fine and bound in full leather with raised bands and pictorial stamping in a vg+ or better slip-case as issued. 1/1,500 copies SIGNED by the artist on the frontis with 12 full color double-page spread illustrations within. (Editorial: This book should have been originally published in 2 volumes: (1) MOBY DICK OR THE WHALE and (2) ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WHALES BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK. Seriously, however, I have come to the definitive conclusion, definitive for me, that is, that without doubt, the protagonist of this novel is Starbuck. After all, he is the one with the true conflict. As a devout Christian, does he allow the mad Ahab to endanger the crew beyond all hope and safety or as the First Mate, do whatever the Captain demands.). Bookseller Inventory # 06507

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MOBY DICK or THE WHALE

Herman Melville
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Book Description: Cassell & Co., 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 1930, MOBY DICK or THE WHALE, by Herman Melville, published by Cassell, London. 822 pages, first edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent, 5.25 x 7 inches, very clean, tight, fine, half blue morocco and cloth, gilt decorated and lettered spine, top edges gilt with a fine binding by Henry Sotheran. Nautical, tall whaling ship decorated spine. See the many photos provided, ask any questions. Thank you for viewing, see our other fine books for sale, many sets in fine leather bindings. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-10552246497

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Moby Dick Or, The Whale. The Artist's Limited Edition

Melville, Herman
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Book Description: The Press of A. Colish, Mount Vernon, New York, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Neimann, LeRoy (illustrator). First Edition. Special Limited Edition, first issue in this format. Size: Folio. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. This is copy number 492 of fifteen hundred copies that have been printed for The Artist's Limited Edition. LeRoy Neiman has created thirteen paintings for this edition and has signed the frontispiece serigraph. Jacques-Yves Cousteau has written the special Preface, which he has signed on page xi. Full gilt stamped and illustrated leather, Notes on the Illustrations by LeRoy Neiman, xv, 272 pages, ribbon place marker. In its original slipcase which is in very good condition with some light soil. Illustrator: Neimann, LeRoy. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction Classic & Modern; Inventory No: 007221. Bookseller Inventory # 007221

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MOBY DICK

Melville, Herman & Kent, Rockwell
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Book Description: Random House, 1930. First Edition. MOBY DICK, Random House, 1930, first edition thus, vg+/near fine in bit less than vg dust-wrapper with some light wear and tear and chipping. Illustrated with over 200 Rockwell Kent drawings. A most collectible copy. (Editorial: This book should have been originally published in 2 volumes: (1) MOBY DICK OR THE WHALE and (2) ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WHALES BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK. Seriously, however, I have come to the definitive conclusion, definitive for me that is, that without doubt, the protagonist of this novel is Starbuck. After all, he is the one with the true conflict. As a devout Christian, does he allow the mad Ahab to endanger the crew beyond all hope and safety or as the First Mate, do whatever the Captain demands.). Bookseller Inventory # 06506

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MOBY DICK OR, THE WHALE

Melville, Herman
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Book Description: The Artist's Limited Edition, NY, 1975. Full Leather. Book Condition: Fine in a Near Fine Box. Leroy Neiman (illustrator). Limited Edition. Frontis. by Leroy Neiman. Signed by Leroy Neiman and Jacques Cousteau. Limited Edition No. 200 of 1500 copies. Signed by Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 00030175

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Harper's New Monthly Magazine Volume III June to November 1851 [Moby-Dick, The Town-Ho's Story]

Melville, Herman (and many others)
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Book Description: Harper and Brothers, 1851. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1851. Half leather binding over textured floral patterned cloth. Volume III, June to November. A handsome volume, which contains the story "Town's Ho" by Herman Melville, which would later become Chapter 54 in Moby Dick. This magazine therefore contains the first of any material from Moby Dick to ever be published. Contents firmly bound. Former owner name penned to front free end paper, and in pencil on title page. No marking in text, though pages show heavy foxing throughout. Boards show rubbing and edge wear. Solid binding, with beautiful raised bands and gilt stamping at spine still strong. An impressive volume of historical note. Bookseller Inventory # EB131113002

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Moby Dick Or the Whale

Melville, Herman; Kent, Rockwell, Illustrator
(Los Lunas, NM, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Random House, 1930. Hardbound. Book Condition: Very Good. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). 1st Edition. Very Good. Edge wear bottom of spine/ Dust Jacket Two small foredge spots, Silver on cover slightly rubbed, but acceptable. Internally clean. Dust Jacket spine sunned, small chips top and bottom of spine otherwise Very Good. This is the scarce dust jacket that only mentions Rockwell Kent as illustrator, no mention of author. Name inside cover hidden by DJ. dated 1931. Bookseller Inventory # NEWMAIN010192I

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MOBY DICK OR THE WHALE

Melville, Herman
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Book Description: Random House, New York, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent (illustrator). First Edition. Full blue clean leather. Raised bands on spine, gilt decorated panels with stars, anchors and ships. Covers have a triple ruled border, front with an offset sailing vessel. Top edge gilt. Deckle page edges. Text's interior is tight, clean & intact. Marbled endpaper. Cover's inner edges have a double ruled gilt border. This 1930 Random House Edition of Moby Dick is set in monotype and contains reproductions of Rockwell Kent's drawings that appear in the Lakeside Press, three volume limited edition. Literature ; Woodcut Illustrations; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 822 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 15623

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Harper's New Monthly Magazine Volume III June to November 1851 [Moby-Dick, The Town-Ho's Story]

Melville, Herman (and many others)
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Book Description: Harper and Brothers, 1851. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible: Acceptable. First Edition. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1851. Volume III, June to November. A handsome volume, which contains the story "Town's Ho" by Herman Melville, which would later become Chapter 54 in Moby Dick. This magazine therefore contains the first of any material from Moby Dick to ever be published. In Fair Condition. Heavy rubbing and wear to edges of boards, rubbing to covers, fragile hinges. Small pencil mark to top of title page. Pages show age and use. Foxing throughout. Binding is fragile but stable, with a split in the rear exterior hinge that is holding for now but remains fragile. Bookseller Inventory # EB131030008

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Book Description: Harper & Brothers 1850 - 1852, New York, 1850. Hardcover. First Edition. Five volumes in half brown morocco leather with matching corners, marbled boards, and a gilt-lettered spine. Illustrated with engravings. A wealth of material from the middle of the nineteenth century the most notable being the first publication of any part of MOBY DICK. The eight-page excerpt is noted as being "From 'THE WHALE." The title of a new work by Mr. Melville, in the press of Harper and Brothers, and now publishing in London by Mr. Bentley." Light to moderate foxing, generally clean; covers firm with rubbing to the joints and edges. Uniformly about Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 015386

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Moby Dick or the White Whale

Herman Melville
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Book Description: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1899. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. "Moby Dick or The Whale" by Herman Melville. Very early printing from 1899 published by Charles Scribner's Sons in New York. The true first edition was published by Harper and Brothers in 1851. Illustrated by I. W. Taber. 12mo [5" x 7 3/8"], 492 pp. The book is in very good minus condition. Small scattered areas of discoloration on the boards and spine but the elaborate seahorse design is clearly visible. The gilt lettering on the spine is vivid and fresh. The binding is cracked at page 321. The contents are lightly toned but clean and bright.A protective mylar cover is included for protection and display. Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books. Inventory # (D3-53). Bookseller Inventory # 000823

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Moby Dick.

Cartonnage Bonet - Gallimard ) - Melville Herman.
(Paris, FR, France)
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Book Description: Gallimard 1941.Grand in-4 cartonnage éditeur décoré d'après les maquettes de Paul Bonet, sous rarissime jaquette illustrée. Traduction de Jean Giono, Lucien Jacques & Joan Smith. Petits frottis, infimes déchirures & petites brunissures à la jaquette. Petite brunissure horizontale en haut du 1er plat. Infime tassement au bas du dos, sinon superbe état. Intérieur frais. Très rare cartonnage Bonet ( surtout avec sa jaquette ) en édition originale cartonnée. Un livre de toute beauté. Bookseller Inventory # 9057

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Moby Dick

Herman Melville, Rockwell Kent
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Book Description: Random House, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Random House, New York 1930. First Edition Thus / First Printing. Dated 1930 with no additional printings. Black cloth boards. Illustration on the front board & spine. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Book Condition: Very Good+, clean boards, tight spine, light spots. Chip at the foot of the spine. Dust Jacket Condition: Good, chipping, paper loss at the spine, age toning. Wrapped in a new removable mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 6851

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