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MELVILLE, Herman.

Published by New York: Harper & Brothers; Richard Bentley, London, 1851 (1851)

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Item Description: New York: Harper & Brothers; Richard Bentley, London, 1851, 1851. Duodecimo. Original purple-brown cloth, publisher's devices to each board in blind, titles to spine gilt, orange coated endpapers. Housed in a brown quarter morocco solander box made by the Chelsea Bindery. Cloth a little faded and rubbed, small chip to headcap, some of the usual foxing associated with this title but lighter than often, a very good copy. First American edition, in the first binding with orange endpapers and the publisher's device stamped centrally on the sides. With the author's clipped signature laid in. The American edition was the first to appear under the familiar title and was set from Melville's original manuscript. The Whale, issued shortly before in London, was set from New York sheets, with Melville's alterations. The American edition contains some 35 passages not present in the English edition. BAL 13664; Grolier American 60; Johnson High Spots 57. Bookseller Inventory # 109401

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Moby Dick; Or, The Whale.: Melville, Herman

Melville, Herman

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1851)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1851. First edition. Octavo, original publisher's brown cloth. A near fine condition with some of the usual light foxing and light shelfwear to the spine tips. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A completely unrestored example to this cornerstone. A superior example. Initially panned by critics and readers when published in 1851, "in the 20th century Moby Dick would be rediscovered and acknowledged as possibly the greatest of all American novels" (Chronology of American Literature). Bookseller Inventory # 4454

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Moby-Dick; or, the whale: Melville, Herman

Melville, Herman

Published by Harper & Brothers (1851)

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Item 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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MELVILLE, Herman.

Published by Harper, New York (1851)

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Item 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. Only 3000 copies were printed, and it was not a commercial success. Three years later, all of the unsold copies were destroyed in a warehouse fire, making this truly rare and desirable. Housed in an beautifully ornate 2-part full burgundy morocco slipcase. -- BAL 13664. xxiii, 635 pages, plus ads. Thick 8vo, original purple-brown cloth -- covers blind-stamped with a heavy rule frame and circular device in the center of both boards (light shelf wear and with small neat repairs at spine ends; upper corner of front cover a bit spotted; original orange coated endpapers are discolored at center; some foxing on title and other preliminary pages. New York: Harper & Brothers & London: Richard Bentley, 1851. First edition. A very good solid copy. Bookseller Inventory # 256755

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MELVILLE, HERMAN.

Published by New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851 (1851)

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Item 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

Melville, Herman

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1851)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1851. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Binding with the publisher's circular device to covers. A wonderful copy. This First American Edition is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown cloth with some professional restoration to the spine. The book is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with light discoloration and rubbing to a few pages. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15970183315

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MELVILLE, HERMAN

Published by HARPER & BROS., NYC (1851)

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Item Description: HARPER & BROS., NYC, 1851. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. 1st American Edition. Very attractive and totally unrestored. Minor foxing. In beautiful red custom box. None. Bookseller Inventory # 10452

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MELVILLE, Herman.

Published by Harper, New York (1851)

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Item 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. Only 3000 copies were printed, and it was not a commercial success. Three years later, all of the unsold copies were destroyed in a warehouse fire, making this truly rare and desirable. Housed in an attractive 1/4 green morocco slipcase. -- BAL 13664. xxiii, 635 pages, plus ads. Thick 8vo, original slate blue cloth -- covers blind-stamped with a heavy rule frame and circular device in center of both boards (faded to green on spine and with ends repaired; upper corner of front cover faintly stained; original orange coated endpapers are discolored at center and have a small embossed bookseller's ticket; very light foxing on title and other preliminary pages; ownership signature dated 1851 on the verso of the rear orange flyleaf). New York: Harper & Brothers & London: Richard Bentley, 1851. First edition. A very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 247323

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Moby Dick; Or, The Whale - Jim: Melville, Herman

Melville, Herman

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1851)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1851. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Original publisher's brown cloth, blank page missing before publisher's 6 pages of ads else complete [1, blank], 634, [1, "Epilogue"], [6, ads], [2, blank] pp. A book with well detailed literary significance. Copies always available, but seldom seen with any sort of additional historical significance. Jim Morrison certainly qualifies as a significant figure, influencing countless artists and fans across the globe to this day. A poetic spirit that made an important mark on Rock n' Roll, he loved reading and often spoke of its power. This copy was with him during his last days in Paris (removed from his flat after his untimely death and kept with his long time girlfriend's family). One can certainly deduce that he handled this copy a fair amount of time and definitely treasured it as a key book in literary history. Re-backed with original spine laid down, some wear here and there, scattered foxing but overall a very sound, tight copy and remarkably clean inside. Prettier copies are out there, and even though I live in LA or maybe because I live in LA, I'll take the girl with depth of soul over the ubiquitous superficially attractive ones. Why do we pursue such an odd course of action as book collecting? To be the temporary safe keepers of history and something meaningful to our trifling existence. As a friend and all around good guy once told me; it's about the vibrations of history. When you hold this book, you may find it difficult to keep your hands steady. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17940704199

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Melville, Herman

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1851)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1851. First edition, first issue binding. Octavo, original publisher's cloth, original orange endpapers. An unrestored very good example with some of a few small chips to the foot of the spine and some of the usual foxing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A completely unrestored example to this cornerstone in American literature. Initially panned by critics and readers when published in 1851, "in the 20th century Moby Dick would be rediscovered and acknowledged as possibly the greatest of all American novels" (Chronology of American Literature). Bookseller Inventory # 4661

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MELVILLE, Herman

Published by Harper and Brothers, New York (1851)

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Item 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 reputedly 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 ca. 1/2" abrasion, apparently 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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MELVILLE, Herman.

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Item Description: 0. MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick; or, the Whale. Original blindstamped blue cloth. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. First edition. BAL 13664, second binding without publisher's device. Grolier American, 60. A very good copy, professionally rebacked with original spine expertly laid down, housed in full blue morocco solander case with inner chemise. "Moby-Dick is the great conundrum book. Is it a profound allegory, with the white whale the embodiment of moral evil, or merely the finest story of the sea ever written? Whichever it is, now rediscovered, it stirs and stimulates each succeeding generation, whether reading it for pleasure or with a scalpel. Within its pages can be found the sounds and scents, the very flavor, of the maritime life of our whaling ancestors"--Grolier. Bookseller Inventory # 67826

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Melville, Herman 1819-1891

Published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers. London: Richard Bentley, New York (1851)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, Publishers. London: Richard Bentley, New York, 1851. Orig brown A cloth and original marbled endpapers; the first binding. The front matter pagination as detailed by BAL but text on p.xii begins " Scarcely.". (BAL omits the quotation mark, probably in error.). There is plate damage to "sleeper's" (p.110, line 28) and "then" (p.110, line 29). Other faults are as described in the Howe copy. Text irregularly foxed. Previous owner's small bookplate inside cover and some 1920s-vintage newspaper clippings have been tipped onto the ffep, front and back and the following page. The pencilled name "Mr. William Cowperthwait" on the first blank. There is a lateral tear halfway across the spine just above the title but no loss. The spine right top lacks a chip , and the bottom lacks a chip below the gilt rule. Corners have some wear. Overall a very good copy. BAL 13664, Howe HM10, Grolier American Hundred 60. Size: 19.3cm. Xxiii[blank]634[1,blank,6adv,2blank]p. Bookseller Inventory # 002962

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Melville, Herman

Published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York (1851)

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Item 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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One Hundred Wood Engravings by Barry Moser: Moser, Barry; Herman

Moser, Barry; Herman Melville

Published by Arion Press, San Francisco (1979)

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Item Description: Arion Press, San Francisco, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. First edition. 100 loose plates with wood engravings by Barry Moser, each signed and numbered in pencil; with 4-page printed title and list of illustrations. No. 20 of 30 sets of the engravings.This set neatly inscribed in pencil by Moser on the title page to prominent collector Arnold Elkin and his wife Mimi. This portfolio has every image from the Arion Press Moby Dick, each image signed and numbered by Moser. The book edition numbered 265 (250 for sale), but Arion Press issued only thirty extra suites of the plates. Extremely rare, only one copy at auction in the last decade. All contents true fine. Blue protective solander case with some minor shelwear (VG+) and aging, no splits, tears or bumps. A wonderful and completely fresh collection of these iconic images. Bookseller Inventory # 3815

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MOBY DICK: OR, THE WHALE: Melville, Herman

Melville, Herman

Published by Arion Press, San Francisco, Ca. (1979)

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Item Description: Arion Press, San Francisco, Ca., 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Barry Moser (illustrator). Limited Edition. 15" - 23" Tall. Boards (HB) in very good + condition with only the lingering faint oder of mustiness, from being stored in box, to keep it from a near fine copy. Blue cloth slipcase in very good condition with two small dings to edges and light discoloration to inside slipcase. Considered a masterpiece of classic literature and modern printing art, this volume is bound in full blue morocco with stamped silver lettering to the spine. The sixth book issued by Arion Press, Moby-Dick went into production more than ten years after Robert Grabhorn and Andrew Hoyem began planning it. The book took over a year to print, commencing in March of 1978 and was completed in May of 1979. described by Arion as "one of the most elaborate printing ventures ever to be undertaken by an American press". Moser's intricate boxwood engravings represent a carefully researched tribute to whaling industry as well as the power of the sea. This project marks his only collaboration with Andrew Hoyem, proprietor of the Press. With a text set by hand in Goudy Modern,and initial letters printed in blue at the start of each of the 135 chapters in Leviathan Capitals, a special alphabet designed for the purpose by Charles Bigelow & Kris Holmes. Barcham Green's special handmade paper, which has a distinctive blue-grey tint to it and is watermarked with the outline of a whale, was designed specifically for this edition. A triumph of style and literature and highly collectable as it is one of only 265 copies ever printed of which 250 were for sale. 577 pages. 15" - 23" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 010716

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Herman Melville

Published by Arion Press, San Francisco (1979)

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Item Description: Arion Press, San Francisco, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Barry Moser (illustrator). One of 265 non-enumerated hand set copies of which 250 were offered for sale. Full royal blue calf, title on silver capitals stamped vertically on spine. Light blue initial letters ar head of each chapter. Illustrations by Barry Moser throughout at chapter headings and alternately intra-text. Collation of leaves available on request; description and locations of illustrations and their locations accompanies volume. Volume housed in pale blue cloth-covered slip case which has been shelved with open side facing inward to avoid possible sunning to spine of book. Matching pale-blue cloth label with title, author, and publisher stamped on cloth label in black ink at head of slip case spine. Altogether a pristine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 012348

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Moby Dick or The Whale. Illustrated by: KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE,

KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman.

Published by Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930 (1930)

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Item Description: Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930, 1930. 3 volumes, quarto. Original black cloth over bevelled boards, decoration to the front boards and titles to spines in silver, top edges stained black, others uncut. With the aluminium slipcase. Spines lightly sunned, covers slightly rubbed, a few scuffs and scratches to the slipcase, some light offsetting from plates to letterpress, paper flaw in margin of penultimate leaf in volume I otherwise a very good set. Illustrated throughout by Rockwell Kent. First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets. Presentation copy from the illustrator, inscribed on the front free endpaper of volume I: "Inscribed to Miss Effie Branch by Rockwell Kent. 1930"; the recipient was a member of the Branch family of Richmond, Virginia, whose most distinguished member was the writer James Branch Cabell. One of the finest editions of Melville's masterpiece and one of the great American illustrated books of the 20th century. In 1926 Rockwell Kent (1882–1971), then just beginning to establish his fame as an artist, was approached by R. R. Donnelley and Sons to illustrate a new edition of Richard Henry Dana's Two Years Before the Mast. Kent demurred, suggesting Moby Dick instead. Kent was given complete freedom to design and illustrate the three-volume set. The resulting work has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest in a sublime but difficult novel. Hutner & Kelly, Fine Printed Books 1900-1999, 22. Bookseller Inventory # 108004

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Moby Dick (Webster's German Thesaurus Edition): Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Published by ICON Group International, Inc (2006)

ISBN 10: 0497257815 ISBN 13: 9780497257811

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Item Description: ICON Group International, Inc, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0497257815

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Moby Dick Herman Melville 1st edition/1st printing: Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Published by Harper and Brothers (1851)

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Item Description: Harper and Brothers, 1851. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. This book is in fair condition. There are no signatures, bookplates, or markings of any kind. The endpapers are rubbed. The book has been rebacked with the original spine relaid. There is some wear to the edges. There is foxing throughout. The front free endpaper is missing. There is some wear to the top edge of the title page. This is a first edition printed by Harper and Brothers in 1851. It is a true First Edition, First Printing with six pages of ads and a blank final leaf. While it is not known exactly how many copies of this book were made, it was not initially successful, and so the book did not have a large printing. The book became even more scarce after a fire at Harper and Brothers destroyed many of the unsold copies in 1853. A very hard to find copy of Melville's classic work. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-18675801560

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Moby Dick: Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Published by Amereon Ltd (2003)

ISBN 10: 0848801830 ISBN 13: 9780848801830

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Item Description: Amereon Ltd, 2003. Book Condition: Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_usedgood_0848801830

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MELVILLE, HERMAN

Published by LAKESIDE PRESS, CHICAGO (1930)

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Item Description: LAKESIDE PRESS, CHICAGO, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. ROCKWELL KENT (illustrator). 1st Edition thus. 1 of 1,000. Comes with an invitation to a special function called "The Christening of Moby Dick"- given by publisher. Aluminum slipcase has some surface scratches, but is largely in very good condition. Books have recent wax DJs (the same as those originally issued). None. Bookseller Inventory # 10613

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MELVILLE, Herman

Published by New York Harper & Brothers (1851)

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Item Description: New York Harper & Brothers, 1851. First Edition of "Moby Dick" MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. First American edition (first published in three volumes in London under title: The Whale). Twelvemo. xxiii, [1, blank], 634, [1, "Epilogue"], [1, blank], [6, ads], [2, blank] pp. BAL first binding of publisher’s drab purple-brown "A" cloth. Covers stamped in blind with a heavy rule frame and publisher’s circular device at center, spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original brown-orange coated endpapers. Double flyleaves at front and back. Endpapers with soiling from glue residue, as usual. Very foxed, p. 98-160 with what looks like a coffee stain to top right hand margin, not affecting text. Cloth, heavily rubbed along extremities, especially at top and bottom of spine. Housed in a custom burgundy cloth case. Overall, a good copy only. "[Melville’s] great book, Moby Dick, was a complete practical failure, misunderstood by the critics and ignored by the public; and in 1853 the Harpers’ fire destroyed the plates of all of his books and most of the copies remaining in stock [only about sixty copies survived the fire].Melville’s permanent fame must always rest on the great prose epic of Moby Dick, a book that has no equal in American literature for variety and splendor of style and for depth of feeling" (D.A.B. XII, pp. 522-526). "Moby Dick is the great conundrum-book. Is it a profound allegory with the white whale the embodiment of moral evil, or merely the finest story of the sea ever written?" (Grolier, 100 American). "The publishers used as their text Melville’s original manuscript. The Whale, as issued in London, was set from New York sheets, with Melville’s alterations" (BAL). "This book was expurgated for publication in England, the American text containing thirty-five passages not included in Bentley’s edition" (Sadleir, Excursions in Victorian Bibliography, p. 339). BAL 13664. Grolier, 100 American, 60. HBS 67670. $8,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67670

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Melville, Herman; Rockwell Kent.

Published by Lakeside Press,, Chicago: (1930)

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Item Description: Lakeside Press,, Chicago:, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good condition. Melville's masterpiece, illustrated by Rockwell Kent, one of the finest examples of twentieth century book illustration. First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets.Three volumes in the original black cloth and beveled boards, silver decoration to the upper boards and spine titles, top edges black, others uncut. With the original aluminum slipcase. The lightest of sunning of the spines, but with a small discoloration spot visible on the combined spines. The third volume with the rear flap of the original mylar wrapper with its attached paper preserved. Two other paper flaps preserved. An unread copy, with two of the volumes with pages unevenly opened; p15 (Volume I) with a tear caused by the attempt to open. Very bright, very clean with practically no offsetting. The aluminum slipcase with a side panel marked, but no dents. Bookseller Inventory # 21938

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Melville, Herman

Published by Lakeside Press/R. R. Donnelley, Chicago (1930)

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Item Description: Lakeside Press/R. R. Donnelley, Chicago, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent (illustrator). First Thus. A classic novel in the limited three-volume edition of 1000 copies illustrated by Rockwell Kent. This set of volumes comes in the orginal aluminum case, with some marks to the outside of the case, and the original acetate covers. The acetate on volume two has a one-inch tear. Black boards with silver imprint, light sunning of spines. A few last pages are uncut. Black top edge, clean interiors. Many of the stark black and white illustrations are full-page, with some offsetting. Rockwell Kent had already gained some success as a writer and artist when he was approached by Lakeside Press and he suggested that he illustrate Moby Dick for the press. The success of this edition and its trade counterpart popularized what had become a relatively obscure novel. A rare find in such good condition. ; B&W Illustrations; 12" x 9". Bookseller Inventory # 010684js

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Melville, Herman & Reynolds, J. N.

Published by Harper's (1851)

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Item Description: Harper's, 1851. First Edition. THE TOWN-HO'S STORY in the October, 1851 issue of Harper's Monthly, first edition, about 75% of paper spine perished, some modest soiling to the front and rear covers, some leaves exhibiting scattered foxing, else a g/vg copy with much nicer contents in original wraps of this, the first appearance in print of any section of this 19th century American masterpiece. Along with MOCHA DICK OF THE PACIFIC by J. N. Reynolds in the February 3rd, 1844 printing of the Portland Tribune, near fine in wraps and taking up a bit more than 20% of the entire issue. A wonderful pairing of an early reporting (the first being by the same author, J. N. Reynolds, in 1839) of the real whale from which Melville based his now immortal tale and the rare first separate printing of any portion of MOBY DICK. Bookseller Inventory # 10913

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ROBERT H. ZOELLNER, HERMAN MELVILLE

Published by Hendricks House New York, FORT COLLINS COLORADO (1952)

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Item Description: Hendricks House New York, FORT COLLINS COLORADO, 1952. Book Condition: Very Good. On offer is a fascinating, significant handwritten relic of American literature being a 1952 "Hendricks House" edition of Moby Dick by Herman Melville, edited by Luther S. Mansfield and Howard P. Vincent that belonged to author and Colorado State University professor and Melville expert Robert H. Zoellner (1926 - 2001). This book, Zoellner's personal copy, he signs and dates the book 1962, is heavily annotated and underlined on nearly every single page with his handwritten notes minutely dissecting Moby Dick nearly word by word in many sections while he researched and wrote his opus "The Salt-Sea Mastodon, A Reading of Moby-Dick" which was published in 1973. Historians and researchers of American literature will find an absolutely unique opportunity to peer over the shoulder of a renowned professor who deconstructs and thoroughly analyses one of America's greatest literary treasures down to a near molecular level. So extensive are the writings in a number of passages the Professor has attached with tape note cards. He has also used the endpapers for his notes. Here are just a very few of his very candid, tart comments but rest assured the book contains vast analytical passages not just terse commentary!: "Talk about reading from your own prejudices." "BULL" "What Horse Shit" "Big useless deal. You said it, buddy-o! Second time around does not improve things." "I damn well doubt it." "Here we go again with very thin "if's" and "perhaps." "Right* As distinguished from moral evil alone." "So dammit, WHY does Melville call Daggoo this??? "So what the goddam Hell does all of this have to do with Dagoo?" "I see absolutely no connection." The largish book has 568 pages of text and an additional 265 pages of explanatory notes [and yes there are notes on the notes] is about 2¾" thick and overall VG. BIO NOTES: one online source provides: "Dr. Zoellner was either loved or hated by his students. He was old-school in his approach to literature but taught me the power in close reading and "explication de texte." All that mattered to Zoellner was what was on the page, between the covers, in the body of the work. And he was not doubt a chauvinist. In 1976 and beyond, many of the female students in my classes found him coarse, crude, offensive. I do not question nor doubt their feelings and perceptions of him. While he could certainly teach the likes of Rich, he was at his best with Melville, Hemingway and Robert Penn Warren. And Faulkner .When he died there were not funeral services, no obituary, no notice except for a few phone calls from the office secretary to a handful of his colleagues. His last few years were painful, hunched over from physical condition, a painfully slow gait, isolated from others. Somewhat of a troubled soul ." In Zoellner's own words in the preface of his book The Salt-Sea Mastodon: "This book was written in sheer self-defense. I have always found Moby-Dick an utterly compelling novel, like nothing else in American literature. Other novels engage me, interest me, absorb me, divert me, move me. Only Moby-Dick frightens me. At the same time and paradoxically, no other book in any literature has given me so much pleasure. Reading Moby-dick is for me-the students term is entirely appropriate-a real "trip." The first paragraph of the inside slip cover to The Salt-Sea Mastodon states: "In The Salt-Sea Mastodon, Robert Zoellner relates Melville's Moby Dick to some of the most urgent problems of the last quarter of the twentieth century." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript. Bookseller Inventory # 0002199

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Designer Binding. Red Angel Press. Melville, Herman

Published by The Red Angel Press, New York and Bremen, Maine (1973)

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Item Description: The Red Angel Press, New York and Bremen, Maine, 1973. Designer binding on artist's book, the text from an edition of 100 copies, all signed and numbered by artist / printer / publisher, Ronald Keller. Page size: 9-5/8 x 10-3/4 inches; 48pp. Bound by Coleen Curry: extraordinary design extending across both panels, executed in gray water buffalo leather binding with laced on boards and sewn 'montage sur onglets' on cords (enabling complete opening of the 5 double-page spreads and the shaped text surrounding these woodcuts; edge-to-edge gray water buffalo leather doublures; blue, gray and silver silk embroidered end bands - just enough sparkle to suggest sea spray; okawara paper hand-dyed blue and gray by binder used for fly leaves and onglets. The inlay across the cover is collaged layers of top and back pared leathers, pressed and sanded multiple times to create texture and depth; collage mounted on an alligator belly split that was pre-tooled with silver foil using binder's custom made brass roulette. The title, CETOLOGY, is tooled in silver gilt on front panel to right of bas relief, the letters in all caps in a barely perceptible arabesque (think gentle wave swell). Both inlay and collage painted with micaceous iron oxide, silver, gray, blue acrylics. The original brown covers with Ronald Keller's woodengraving of whale skeleton in black are bound in at the beginning of the book. Signed by the artist, Coleen Curry, and dated 2016, with her artist's device, in silver gilt on bottom left back turn-in. Housed in custom-made blue cloth over boards clamshell box lined with gray suede, gray buffalo leather label on spine with title in silver gilt, smaller leather label with author's name at bottom. The artist notes her design inspiration was threefold: 1) Melville's text and Keller's art regarding the remarkable size range of cetaceans from a 1.5 meter porpoise to the majestic 30 meter blue whale, 2) her own fascination with how some whales carry up to 1000 pounds of whale barnacles on their bodies and, serendipitously, 3) her bindery overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Northern California where her design process was inspired by a dozen sightings of a mother Humpback and her calf breaching off the coast during in the late fall of 2015. She tells us she strove to create textured barnacles, the salty fresh scent of a turbulent ocean, and the awesome graceful motion of cetaceans swimming in light shimmering waves. The collage attempts to create that motion and texture by suggesting an abstracted pod of cetaceans varying in size and class. Ms. Curry has admirably succeeded. Her binding more than a cover; it is a bas-relief that is elegance itself. The entire production is wonderfully executed and perfectly suited to the natural world that both she and Ronald Keller, inspired by Melville's great text, sought to capture.Ronald Keller's text is hand set and printed letterpress in Plantin and Times Roman on straw-colored laid paper. The seven pages with original woodcuts by Ronald Keller are printed on straw colored Nideggen paper. Of these, two are triple gate fold pages with shaped text surrounding the woodcut images of two whales. These two woodcuts are printed in brown and black. The remaining images are printed in black (bit of smudging from woodcuts). The size of each mammal is in proportion to the others. A most ambitious first book, succeeding admirably, enhanced by this graceful binding by Ms. Curry. Bookseller Inventory # 10913

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Item Description: Castle Books. Book Condition: Good. B00AA90SH6 Expedited shipping is 2-6 business days after shipment, standard is 4-14 business days after shipment. Used items do not include access codes, cd's or other accessories. Bookseller Inventory # ZB00AA90SH6Z3

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Moby Dick or The Whale. Illustrated by: KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE,

KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman.

Published by New York: Random House, 1930 (1930)

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Item Description: New York: Random House, 1930, 1930. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full black morocco, lettered and decorated in silver after the original Rockwell Kent designed binding, pictorial block of a whale to the spine, burgundy coated endpapers, all edges silver. A fine copy. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent with woodcuts throughout the text, with full-page plates, chapter head and tailpieces, other smaller cuts in the text. First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the original binder's front blank. Bookseller Inventory # 99365

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