MARDI and a Voyage Thither

Melville Herman

Published by New York Harper & Brothers 1849, 1849
Hardcover
From Buddenbrooks, Inc. ABAA (Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.)

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2 volumes. First edition. 8vo, publisher's original blind-stamped purple cloth, with elaborate blind-stamped decorative tooling on covers and spine, lettering and Harper’s logo in gilt to the spine panel. Housed in a pleasing dark green morocco solander case, the volumes each with their own chemise. xii, 365; xii, 387 pp., 8 pp. ads. An unusually fine copy and a very handsome pair, beautifully preserved. The cloth is bright and clean and essentially without fading, some of the typical offsetting to the pastedown and free-fly. RARE FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL CLOTH IN UNUSUALLY WELL PRESERVED CONDITION. THE BOOK IS EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE IN THE PURPLE CLOTH IN FINE CONDITION AS IS THIS COPY. After a tiring 18 month whaling voyage in the south seas, Melville jumped ship and with his companion, Richard Tobias Greene, lived in the islands for several months. While there he was captured by but escaped from island natives. He served on an Australian trader, worked as a field laborer and enlisted on the frigate U.S.S. United States. His experiences are the basis for the Swiftian adventures of Taji and his companion Jarl in Mardi. This is one of Melville’s best written stories. Bookseller Inventory # 23177

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Title: MARDI and a Voyage Thither

Publisher: New York Harper & Brothers 1849

Publication Date: 1849

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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