Clarel; A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Melville, Herman

Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, No. 182 Fifth Avenue, New York, 1876
From Clarel Rare Books (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)

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"Clarel; A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land. In Two Volumes. By Herman Melville. New York: G. P Putnam's Sons. No. 182 Fifth Avenue. 1876." VOLUME ONE, ONLY, of two. Publisher's terra cotta cloth with beveled edges. Chocolate-coated endpapers. Gilt-stamped spine and gilt-stamped emblem on the front board. A gift inscription on the front fly leaf has partly seeped through, affecting the title-page. Minor shelfwear with some erosion to the fore-edge of the rear board. Hinges a little tender with cracking to the lower third of the front gutter. FIRST EDITION of Melville's epic poem, and one of his rarest titles. Aside from the privately-printed and practically unobtainable "Timoleon" and "John Marr" (25 copies each), this is Melville's rarest First Edition. It is suspected that the total edition was only about 350 copies, 220 of which were pulped by the publisher, with Melville's approval, when the book failed to sell. The surviving edition, then, is likely no more than 130 copies. Very Good. BAL 13674. Bookseller Inventory # 000248

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Title: Clarel; A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy ...

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, No. 182 Fifth Avenue, New York

Publication Date: 1876

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