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Omoo -- A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas

Melville, Herman

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York; London, John Murray 1847, New York, 1847
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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This copy is of the first US edition; the English edition was published a month before it, by John Murray of London. Melville's second book, sequel to "Typee," and a somewhat fictionalized account of the mutiny on the Julia and his adventures as a beachcomber in Tahiti. "Omoo," the Polynesian word for one who roves or wanders - together with the earlier "Typee" (1846) were probably the first explicit and accurate accounts of Polynesian life to be written. This copy is a rare first American edition, preceded by the London edition. This antique volume is elegantly bound in a re-cased original (or period) blind-stamped brown cloth boards. The gilt lettering on the spine, with raised bands, is faded but legible. There is a small loss of material at the top and bottom of the spine, but otherwise the binding has moderate external wear. Lettering on half title page is in red; lettering on title page in red and black. Pages show foxing throughout. Work is illustrated with South Seas frontispiece map and one in-text illustration on page 104. 389 pages, plus publisher's 8 1/2 page notice for the revised edition of "Typee" bound at the rear, followed by 16 pages of Harper & Brothers ads. Front board has a striking gold ship at sail, with a blind-stamped motif on both boards. Title and author printed on spine in faded gold lettering. Marbled endpapers. 389 pages, followed by a 23 page publisher's advertisement for "Typee," the predecessor to "Omoo," and then 16 pages of advertisements at the end. These are al points that comprise the first US edition. There is a dedication page with printed inscription to "Herman Gansevoort of Saratoga Springs.by his nephew, the author." about which a contemporary reviewer wrote: "Of the existence of Uncle Gansevoort, of Gansevoort, Saratoga County, we are wholly incredulous." --John Wilson, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, June 1847." And further, "Omoo proves the author a born genius, with few superiors either as a narrator, a describer, or a humorist." Previous owner's name and location lightly stamped on first white and half title page. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 120211

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Title: Omoo -- A Narrative of Adventures in the ...

Publisher: Harper & Brothers, New York; London, John Murray 1847, New York

Publication Date: 1847

Binding: Decorative Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First US Edition

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