Narrative of a Four Months' Residence Among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands; or, A Peep at Polynesian Life

Melville, Herman

Published by London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1846, 1846
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Original red cloth, the covers blindstamped with the publisher's insignia, and the spine stamped in gilt, reading "Colonial and Home Library/Vol/XV/Melville's Marquesas Islands/Murray. FIRST EDITION. BAL's "second issue" (though more likely a state) with the reading "Pomare" in line one of page 19. Binding variant B. Expertly rebacked, preserving most of the original spine (but for 1/4" at the foot, a small chip at the center, and 1/4-3/4" at the head) and the original endpapers. Complete with half-title, map on page xviii, and 16pp. of ads dated "June 1846." Internally very clean. With the bookplate of John Rutter on the front pastedown. A bright, very good copy of the true first edition of Melville's first book, preceding the American edition, published later that years as "Typee.". Bookseller Inventory # 000004

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Title: Narrative of a Four Months' Residence Among ...

Publisher: London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1846

Publication Date: 1846

Book Type: Book

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