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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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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; preceded slightly by the English edition, although this edition has numerous additions to that text. PublisherÕs green cloth; stamped in gilt and in blind; first binding, although this cataloguer has never seen either of the later two bindings in the wild. Some fading and wear; foxed (as seems inevitable); faded contemporary ownerÕs inscription on the front free endpaper; bookplate of author and collector Carolyn Wells. The final 50 or so leaves are marginally waterstained at the lower corners, far from any text; bottom corners of the three advertising leaves slightly chipped, likewise not near any printing. Overall, a good copy of a book often found repaired, rebacked, restored or otherwise suffering from previous ownersÕ good or bad intentions. In a custom quarter-morocco clamshell box (corners frayed). Bookseller Inventory # 34622

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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 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

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Item Description: 1851. First Edition. "MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. New York: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, 1851. Octavo, original purple-brown cloth, original orange-coated endpapers. Housed in custom cloth chemise and half morocco slipcase. $46,000.First American edition, in first binding, of Melville’s rare classic. An intriguing association copy belonging to a member of the Macy family, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "A.P. Charles for J.M. Macy."Arguably the greatest single work in American literature, Moby-Dick was initially "a complete practical failure, misunderstood by the critics and ignored by the public; and in 1853 the Harper's fire destroyed the plates of all his books and most of the copies remaining in stock (only about 60 copies of Moby-Dick survived the fire) [Nevertheless,] 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" (DAB). This American edition contains 35 passages and the Epilogue omitted from the English edition (The Whale, published in October of the same year; the first American edition appeared in November). Complete with six pages of advertisements at rear, covers blind-stamped with heavy rule frame and publisher's circular device at center, orange-coated endpapers. This copy with double flyleaves at front and triple flyleaves at rear. BAL 13664. The Macy family was well-known in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and a J.M. Macy is recorded in the Historical Society records; he would have been 47 in 1851. (There is also a branch of the Macy family that moved to North Carolina in the 18th century; given that we only have the recipient's initials rather than a full name, it is impossible to state with certainty that the recipient was of the Nantucket Macys, though it seems likely given the subject matter.) Rowland Hussey Macy, founder of the department store chain, for example, was the fourth of six children born to one branch of this family on Nantucket. (As a young man, he worked on the whaling ship Emily Morgan and had a red star tattooed on his hand, which became a feature of his store's logo.) Melville is also known to have used Obed Macy's 1835 History of Nantucket as a reference while writing Moby Dick, mentioning Obed Macy by name in Chapter 35, calling him "the worthy Obed" and "the sole historian of Nantucket."With a note in pencil at the end of the text, possibly that of the recipient: "A precious medley of transcendental stuff, superstitious notions, and whale oil. Can such a work live? Take out the notes on the sperm whale, which seem exaggerated, and what is left? Nov. 30/51." BAL suggests November 15, 1851, as the date of publication.Upper blank corner of title page with expert repair; faint marginal dampstain in lower gutter through text. Text block neatly recased in original binding, backstrip strengthened, with restoration to cloth at spine ends and corners, gilt brightened. A skillfully restored copy with an intriguing contemporary association.". Bookseller Inventory # 106966

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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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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. First American Edition. 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.**** Original publisher's brown cloth, complete with 6 pp publisher's ads at rear. Re-backed with original spine laid down, some wear here and there particularly to spine ends, scattered light foxing but overall a very sound, tight copy and remarkably clean inside. Owner signature at front endpaper dated 1890.**** 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. If you're in the market for Moby Dick or generally a flat out cool book, then why not pick up a copy owned by someone that had a hell of an influence on millions?. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17940704199

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Moby Dick; Or, The Whale - Jim: Morrison, Jim [Melville,

Morrison, Jim [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. First American Edition. 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.**** Original publisher's brown cloth, complete with 6 pp publisher's ads at rear. Re-backed with original spine laid down, some wear here and there particularly to spine ends, scattered light foxing but overall a very sound, tight copy and remarkably clean inside. Owner signature at front endpaper dated 1890.**** 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. If you're in the market for Moby Dick or generally a flat out cool book, why not pick up a copy owned by someone that had a hell of an influence on millions?. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1483848874932

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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

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1851)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1851. First Edition, First Issue. Octavo, 634pp.; G+; spine green cloth with gilt lettering; original publisher's cloth, original orange endpapers, with the publisher's circular device blindstamped on the front and rear boards; spine partially faded to tan, with gilt lettering also partially faded, some small brown discoloration to spine edge; endpapers have some discoloration; moderate foxing throughout; six pages of publisher's ads; binding slightly loose; top edge of front hinge of front board has a repaired tear; housed in a white box; BAL 13664; HC consignment; Dupont. Bookseller Inventory # 9-114-1271111

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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

Published by The Arion Press (1979)

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Item Description: The Arion Press, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. A MASTERPIECE OF LITERATURE AND THE PRINTING ARTS. Book Description: San Francisco Arion Press, 1979. Large quarto. 577 pp. One of 265 copies, of which 250 were for sale. Bound in full blue morocco with stamped silver lettering to the spine. This copy is a very fine copy of this magnificent work, long considered Arion's finest production. Housed in faded and sun damaged blue cloth slipcase which, while showing wear, successfully protected the actual book. According to the book's prospectus, Barry Moser's intricate boxwood engravings were intended as informative depictions of the whaling industry in general rather than Melville's story in particular, thus leaving "the Pequod, Ahab, and Moby-Dick described only by Melville's words." In order to render his subject matter with authentic detail, Moser spent many hours doing research at whaling and maritime museums in New England and San Francisco. This project marks his only collaboration with Andrew Hoyem, proprietor of the Press. 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. This book has been described by Arion as "one of the most elaborate printing ventures ever to be undertaken by an American press" and by William Everson, in Fine Print, as "a feat of craftsmanship unexcelled in modern printing." In the 1990s THE GROLIER CLUB NAMED IT ONE OF THE 100 MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. The text was set by hand in Goudy Modern, with 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. Printed on Barcham Green's handmade paper, which has a distinctive blue-grey tint to it and is watermarked with the outline of a whale, designed specifically for this edition. Bookseller Inventory # 334

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Moby Dick; or, the whale: Melville, Herman

Melville, Herman

Published by Arion Press, San Francisco (1979)

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Item Description: Arion Press, San Francisco, 1979. Edition ltd. to 265 copies, folio, pp. xv, [1], 576, [3]; title page printed in blue and black and incorporating a portrait of Melville, initials printed in blue; illustrated throughout by Barry Moser; fine copy in original blue morocco, silver lettering on spine, publisher's slipcase. A beautifully produced edition on handmade paper by Barcham Green at Hayle Mill. Bookseller Inventory # 49716

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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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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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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. Dust Jacket Condition: very good +. First edition. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1979. First edition. Fine/very good +. 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 (3 Volumes): Melville, Herman; Kent,

Melville, Herman; Kent, Rockwell [Illustrator]

Published by The Lakeside Press (1930)

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Item Description: The Lakeside Press, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Limited Edition. First edition thus, limited to 1,000 copies. Three volumes in publisher's aluminum slipcase. Near Fine with light rubbing to boards as usual, light fading to spines, light rubbing at spine ends and light offsetting to pages from illustrations. A stunning set. John Schulman writes in the ABAA blog The New Antiquarian that this edition "is the crowning achievement of the Lakeside Press and also one of the triumphs of Machine Age book design and illustration in America. [Rockwell] Kent?s affinity for the sea and knowledge of sea-faring gave his illustrations even more power and accuracy." It also helped to propel Moby Dick from semi-obscurity into its current fame as perhaps the quintessential American novel. Bookseller Inventory # 170121010

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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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KENT, Rockwell]. MELVILLE, Herman.

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Item Description: 1930. Folio, 3 volumes in original black cloth, lettered and with designs on spines and upper boards in silver. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent throughout. Lettering on spines a little dulled and rubbed, some light offsetting from plates to letterpress as usual. A very good set with original aluminium slipcase (slightly scatched), the original acetate wrappers not preserved. First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets. 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 (1882â€"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. Bookseller Inventory # 2091639

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MELVILLE, Herman

Published by The Lakeside Press, Chicago (1930)

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Item Description: The Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. Black Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). Limited Deluxe Edition. The first illustrated version of MOBY DICK. "One of a thousand copies, containing 8 more illustrations than the [later] trade edition -The Artist and the Book, p. 96 {they were omitted in the smaller formatted edition}." Oversubscribed upon publication at its 1930 list price of $52.50. Widely considered to be the 20th century book in which the illustrations come closest to matching the majesty of the text. Kent did nearly 300 illustrations for this project. Rockwell Kent opined that these are the first black title-pages in publishing history. Quarto, beveled black cloth, art deco silver pictorial stamping. This set has fragments of the original transparent acetate dust jackets with their paper flaps; tiny snags at the tips of the spine of vol.1; Uncut and unopened - hence this set has never been read; in the publisher's aluminum slipcase (which is somewhat tarnished) Size: Quartos. Bookseller Inventory # 006537

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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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Melville, Herman

Published by The Lakeside Press, Chicago (1930)

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Item Description: The Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. Hardcovers in Slipcase. Book Condition: Near Fine. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). Limited. Black beveled edged covers, silver designs and spine lettering/ device. . Volume 1 has gutter toning, particularly at rear. Milder in Volumes 2 &3. Top edges dyed black. Most internal dark pictures were tissue guarded, hence no offsetting. The slipcase has a bump lower corner, otherwise clean with minor scratches and toning. Handsome set , very clean, of this seminal work limited to 1,000 copies. Size: 12 x 8 1/2. Bookseller Inventory # 082945

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Moby Dick or The Whale: Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Published by The Lakeside Press, Chicago (1930)

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Item Description: The Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). Illustrated Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Moby Dick or The Whale by Herman Melville, Illustrated by Rockwell Kent First edition - limited edition as only 1,000 published. Published by The Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. Limited deluxe edition, one of 1,000 copies, of the first illustrated version of Moby Dick. The illustrations include the innovative black title page and remarkable full page black and white pen, brush and ink drawings by Rockwell Kent. Widely considered to be an iconic publication with 300 illustrations. A lovely set of rare books. Black beveled edged covers with art deco silver pictorial stamping and spine lettering. Boards are all scratched/rubbed and have signs of wear on the extremities esp spine ends. Slight fading of colour. The 1st volume has damage to the lower end of the spine with loss of the cloth covering. Bookplates to the front pastedown. Volume one has two pages with pieces torn from the lower edge of the page (the missing pieces come with the book). The contents are browned yet very clean. 12 x 8 1/2. Quarto. no signature. Bookseller Inventory # 000149

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Herman Melville

Published by ReadHowYouWant (2007)

ISBN 10: 1427004226 ISBN 13: 9781427004222

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Item Description: ReadHowYouWant, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1427004226

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Melville, Herman

Published by Random House, New York (1930)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1930. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). Wonderful edition in dust jacket and SIGNED BY ROCKWELL KENT on front endpaper. Very nice, clean copy in black cloth covers with bright silver decoration. The dust jacket has a 2" closed tear along spine and light edgewear, but is in remarkably nice condition. There is a fold line on the front endpapers. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Signed By the Artist. Bookseller Inventory # 041723

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Melville, Herman) Robinson, Boardman

Published by Limited Editions Club, New York (1943)

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Item Description: Limited Editions Club, New York, 1943. Book Condition: Framed. Pencil and gouache on masonite. Signed with initials ("BR") Exhibition label of Kraushaar Galleries, 32 East 57th. Street, New York 22. 1 vols. 16 x 11.5 inches. Moby Dick. This illustration was drawn for use in the last chapter of Moby Dick (Chapter 135)Lewis Mumford: No one else has come so close to the spirit of Melville and Melville's character as Robinson has. His pictures would remain as precious evidence of Melville's genius even if the words that had prompted them were destroyed. Christ-Janer, Boardman Robinson, p. 66 Pencil and gouache on masonite. Signed with initials ("BR") Exhibition label of Kraushaar Galleries, 32 East 57th. Street, New York 22. 1 vols. 16 x 11.5 inches. Bookseller Inventory # 11495

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Vogel, Sarah. Herman Melville

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Item Description: Chicago, IL, 2011. Artist's book, one of 15 copies, three volumes each signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, Sarah Vogel, all on Stonehenge and Velk Losiny papers. Page size: Folio Whales: 24 x 15 inches; Octavo Whales uses the same size parent sheet but folds into eighths measuring 5.5 x 7.5 inches closed; Duodecimo Whales utilizes the same size parent sheet, folds into twelfths and measures 3.5 x 7.5 inches closed. Each of the three volumes is bound in grey paper over boards with black linen spine, title in deep grey on front panel, each wit grey paper sleeve with black cloth spine. All are housed in black cloth slipcase with specially fitted compartments for each volume. The text is printed letterpress in two colors with hand-carved linocut illustrations in black. Ms. Vogel's artist's statement alerts us that her texts were selected for their often-overlooked humor. She has paired Melville's text with whimsical prints. The whales swim and splash around the shaped text - sometimes looking as if they are aiming straight for the words and other times leaving the text in their wake. This is a lovely piece of book making - beautifully printed and designed. It is full of fun and will certainly make the reader / viewer smile. For example, while probably never seen in nature, the image of five Humpback Whales churning up foam around the text that calls them the "most gamesome and light-hearted of all whales" is a treat. The structure here surely made for bibliophiles and executed with the care they require. This is Ms. Vogel's first book. We eagerly look forward to more from this talented artist. Bookseller Inventory # 10461

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Moby Dick: MELVILLE, Herman

MELVILLE, Herman

Published by Cassell & Company, limited (1930)

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Item Description: Cassell & Company, limited, 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First British edition from Lakeside Press sheets. Thick 8vo. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Full navy blue gilt stamped morocco, marble endpapers, upper cover with grey whale onlay; edges gilt. Fine, fresh. 826 pages. No signatures or bookplates. Extra shipping required. Bookseller Inventory # 309062

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