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Herman Melville

Published by Valdemar (2011)

ISBN 10: 8477027102 ISBN 13: 9788477027102

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About this Item: Valdemar, 2011. Condition: New. Herman Melville (1819-1891), nacido en el seno de una familia puritana de Nueva York, tuvo una juventud aventurera: a los veintidós años se embarcó en el ballenero Acushnet , desertó dieciocho meses después, y tuvo que vivir una temporada entre caníbales en las Islas Marquesas. A pesar de que nunca recibió una educación universitaria –debido a su necesidad de ganarse la vida– escribió una de las obras más prodigiosas de la literatura universal: Moby Dick . Moby Dick, o la ballena (1851) narra la historia del capitán Ajab, cuya sed de venganza le lleva a recorrer los mares sin descanso a bordo del ballenero Pequod en busca de Moby Dick, la enorme ballena blanca que, años atrás, le amputó una pierna en un feroz enfrentamiento. Toda su existencia gira en torno a una idea fija: volver a encontrarse con el monstruo, darle caza y acabar con su vida. Sólo entonces podrá descansar en paz. Para Melville, la caza de la ballena se transforma en una epopeya mitológica donde los arponeros son como semidioses. Ajab guarda claras analogías con Satán, el dictador del infierno, el seductor, el viajero cósmico «entregado a una desesperada venganza». Su determinación y su espíritu rebelde e indomable llegan a confundirse con la fatalidad de su destino. El odio que siente hacia Moby Dick no proviene de la evidente superioridad física de la ballena, sino de la superioridad intelectual que él le atribuye. Esta edición de Valdemar reproduce las cerca de 300 ilustraciones que realizó Rockwell Kent –uno de los grandes maestros de la ilustración en EEUU– para la histórica edición de 1930 de The Lakeside Press de Chicago. *** Nota: EL COSTE DE ENVÍO A CANARIAS ES 9.99 EUROS. Si ha realizado un pedido con destino a CANARIAS no podemos hacer el envío con el coste actual. Nos pondremos en contacto con usted para comunicar el coste total del envío a Canarias y si está de acuerdo, Abebooks le efectuará el cargo adicional. Seller Inventory # 5880261

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Kent, Rockwell] Melville, Herman

Published by Random House, New York (1930)

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About this Item: Random House, New York, 1930. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. Kent, Rockwell (illustrator); Over 125 b/w Illustrations (illustrator). First Edition Thus. Good copy of the first trade edition of Rockwell Kent's great "Moby Dick", considered the finest illustrated edition yet published. Original black cloth decorated in silver (some wear to cloth, corners bumped; coffee splash stains to foredge). Text and illustrations are clean and unmarked, with no names or owner's markings. Compact and concise illustrated edition (with illustrations from the Lakeside Press 3-volume edition). One of an unspecified number of copies of the trade edition, printed at The Lakeside Press, Chicago, by R. R. Donnelley & Sons. xxxi, [1], 822, [5] pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Seller Inventory # 00537677

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Melville, Herman

Published by Garden City Publishing Co., Garden City (1937)

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About this Item: Garden City Publishing Co., Garden City, 1937. Original Decorative Cloth. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). Deluxe Edition. 822pp. + 2pp. epilogue Deluxe Edition (2nd Trade Edition with additional illustrations by Kent not included in the first trade edition). Original decorative cloth, stamped in gilt. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Printed at Lakeside Press. Spine lettering completely dulled. Corners bumped. Leading edge of the front cover bumped. Lacking the jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book. Seller Inventory # 1019

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Moby Dick Herman Melville Rockwell Kent 1st: Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Published by Random House (1930)

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About this Item: Random House, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Good. This book is in good condition. There is a signature in the front and no bookplates or markings of any other kind. There is some rubbing and light wear to the outside boards. A few pages have some light foxing, but most of the book is clean. The book contains many black and white illustrations throughout the book. This is a first edition printed by Random House in 1930. A hard to find copy of Melville's classic work. Seller Inventory # ABE-1510151433669

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Moby-Dick, or The Whale: Two-Volume Set (Franklin: MELVILLE, Herman (author);

MELVILLE, Herman (author); KENT, Rockwell (illustrator)

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania (1980)

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About this Item: The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania, 1980. Full-Leather. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. A deluxe Franklin Library leatherbound two-volume reprint set of Herman Melville's classic, with Rockwell Kent's fabulous woodcuts throughout. This edition followed the Random House edition, which in turn followed the publication of Moby Dick in 3 volumes by the Lakeside Press in which Mr. Kent's illustrations first appeared. The success of these editions contributed to the renewed interest in Mr. Melville's magnum opus which was first published as 'The Whale' in 1851. Issued as part of the publisher's collection, the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition of the Great Books of the Western World. One of an unspecified number in this limited edition. --- Bound in rich full charcoal bonded leather covers with three raised bands on each spine. Spine titling, elaborate decorations to covers and spines, and textblock edges all in bright gilt. Interior leaves printed on high-quality papers. Grey silk moire endpapers, with matching sewn-in satin ribbon bookmarks. Volumes lack dust jackets (as issued). --- Near Fine copies but with with faint gilding loss to top edge and back cover of vol. II; otherwise this set is bright and lacking additional damages or evidence of having been read.; Octavo (8 to 9 in. tall); 633 pages. Seller Inventory # 81444

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Moby Dick or, The Whale (Modern Library: MELVILLE, Herman (author);

MELVILLE, Herman (author); KENT, Rockwell (illustrator)

Published by The Modern Library [c.1959], New York (1959)

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About this Item: The Modern Library [c.1959], New York, 1959. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-. Author's legendary novel in an edition featuring dozens of stunning engraved illustrations by Rockwell Kent, as they first appeared in highly collectable editions of this title by the Lakeside Press and later by Random House. --- In Toledano spine G5 / pale green cloth / gilt titling on green cover & spine blocks / green topstain / blank GA style endpapers / jacket style Ge / verso advertises 376 titles in ML catalog. Likely published c.1956 (though 1930 date appears in book). ML #G64.1. --- With prior owner's dated signature to front paste-down, slightly discolored cloth, mildly yellowed leaves and discreet penciled checkmarks to be found somewhat frequently in back half of volume, otherwise a clean, firm, unmarked copy. Dust jacket with creases and small tears (especially along lower edge); otherwise bright and protected in removable mylar protector.; Octavo (8 to 9 in. tall); xxxi, 825 pages. Seller Inventory # 81180

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Melville, Herman

Published by GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK (1937)

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About this Item: GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK, 1937. HARD BACK BLUE. Condition: GOOD. ROCKWELL KENT (illustrator). "DeluxE Edition (a single volume reprint of the 1930 Lakeside Press edition) ; Second , 827 pages; no dust jacket, light blue cloth, light mottling to boards, mild stain to rear board, moderate color fading to spine cloth, some flaking to gilt stamping upon spine and front board but otherwise still bright. Edges tonedl small dark stain at fored edge center; light stain to bottom edge; light toning to yellow endpapers; two ink ownership signatures and date on front pastedown. unfortunate frequent pencil underlining appears to be upon quick perusual, limited within the first three chapters (1-35). A few spots of scattered soiling; pages 43-54 numped and lightly creased at bottom corners. Binding is firm. A good classic copy of Rockwell Kent illustrated edition. DATE PUBLISHED: 1937 EDITION: 827. Seller Inventory # 071148

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Melville, Herman

Published by Random House (1930)

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About this Item: Random House, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Missing. First THUS. New York: Random House, 1930. First thus. Hardcover. 822 pp. Very good, lacking the jacket. Light edge wear with bumping to the corners and slight loss of the headband. Dampstaining at the text block edges, not penetrating to the interior. Scuffing to the boards. First trade edition of the Rockwell Kent illustrated edition, first produced in three volumes by Lakeside Press. Seller Inventory # 046911

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Melville, Herman

Published by Random House (1930)

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About this Item: Random House, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Missing. First THUS. New York: Random House, 1930. First thus. Hardcover. 822 pp. Very good, lacking the jacket. Light soil and rubbing to the boards with minor bumping to the corners. Faint damp staining to rear board with damp stain to bottom edge of text block near spine. Erase mark on the front free endpaper. First trade edition after the limited edition published by Lakeside Press. Illustrations by Rockwell Kent. Seller Inventory # 052615

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Melville, Herman

Published by GARDEN CITY PUBLISHING CO., GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK (1937)

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About this Item: GARDEN CITY PUBLISHING CO., GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK, 1937. HARD BACK BLUE. ROCKWELL KENT (illustrator). Pictorial dust jacket. Mylar cover. Gilt design on front cover and spine. Top of spine discolored. Black and white frontispiece. Black and white illustrations. Edges browning. Pages lightly browning. This is Garden City's De Luxe Second trade Edition. Containing additional illustrations by Rockwell Kent not present in the first trade edition. neither the sounding whale with flukes of the top cover not the harpoon on the spine appeared on the covers of the original edition 1930 triple decker, spine faded and edgeworn. Kent's illustrations are now pershaps the best known illustrations for Moby Dick and are certainly among the most effective. The trade edition contains 8 fewer illustrations than the Deluxe (Lakeside Press edition). (Note:actually lacking 11 illustrations, including the 3 dramatic title pages, 3 half titles and some smaller cuts. DATE PUBLISHED: 1937 EDITION: 822 Second Trade Edition, GOOD. JACKET: TATTERED DJ. Seller Inventory # 045456

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Melville, Herman

Published by GARDEN CITY, NY (1937)

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About this Item: GARDEN CITY, NY, 1937. HARD BACK BLUE. Condition: VERY GOOD. JACKET: CHIPPED. ROCKWELL KENT (illustrator). DE LUXE ED. Dj is chipped/creased at edges, rubbed edges, tanned, and has a plastic cover on it. Bright gilt on cover & spine, good binding, clean body and unmarked text. Light shelf wear, and lightly tanning pages. This is Garden City's De Luxe Second trade Edition. Containing additional illustrations by Rockwell Kent not present in the first trade edition. neither the sounding whale with flukes of the top cover not the harpoon on the spine appeared on the covers of the original edition 1930 triple decker, spine faded and edgeworn. Kent's illustrations are now pershaps the best known illustrations for Moby Dick and are certainly among the most effective. The trade edition contains 8 fewer illustrations than the Deluxe (Lakeside Press edition). (Note:actually lacking 11 illustrations, including the 3 dramatic title pages, 3 half titles and some smaller cuts. DATE PUBLISHED: 1937 EDITION: DE LUXE ED 822. Seller Inventory # 055710

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Melville, Herman

Published by Random House, New York (1930)

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About this Item: Random House, New York, 1930. Hardcover. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). sm. 8 vo; black cloth boards stamped with bright silver decorations, title, and illust. of Moby Dick; silver spine lettering & illust. of whale breaching; no indication of author's name; spine lettering only lists illust. name; 822 pp; illust throughout are reproductions of Rockwell Kent's drawings that appeared in the Lakeside Press three volume limited edition. Printed under the supervision of William A. Kittredge. Very Good - no dj; light scratches to front board stamped illust. small dark half circle stain on right top of illust.; light toning inside boards; all else-clean, tight, & attractive. Seller Inventory # 1.18873

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Melville, Herman

Published by Random House, New York (1930)

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About this Item: Random House, New York, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). First Edition, thus. True first editions of Herman Melville's classic, now considered to many to be the greatest and most profound work of American literature, are exceedingly rare, mainly because volumes of the first edition were consumed by a fire shortly after publication. Of the many subsequent editions, the Random House edition of 1930, with 280 woodcut reproductions by Rockwell Kent, is the most distinctive. Moby-Dick presents a myriad of possibilities to the illustrator, thanks to Melville's vivid powers of description, so to match the scale and scope of the book is a daunting task. Rockwell Kent (1882¿1971) was an engraver, lithographer, illustrator and author, who shared Melville's visionary outlook. His celebrated illustrations from the 1930 edition are also contained in the Folio Society limited edition. With their beauty, simplicity and power, they will forever be associated with Melville's epic. "All the Rockwell Kent drawings made for the limited edition of Moby Dick issued by the Lakeside Press are contained in this Random House publication." In new facsimile DJ of the first edition. Bookplate of original owner on inside front cover; small photo of Meliville neatly pasted on ffep. Text block taut, pages only slightly aged, corners unbumped, silver etching of whale on front cover clear and unfaded. Collectable gem of a classic. Seller Inventory # 171105

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Moby-Dick, or The Whale.: Melville, Herman.

Melville, Herman.

Published by Random House (1930)

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About this Item: Random House, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Rockwell Kent. (illustrator). Illustrated Edition. Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick, or The Whale. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. NY: Random House 1930. Printed at The Lakeside Press. 1st Edition thus. 7 1/4 x 5 1/4. 822, [8] pp. Black cloth lettered and illustrated in silver, rubbed. Cloth is a bit worn at the extremities. Rockwell Kent signature laid in. Very Good copy, lacking the dust jacket. Always has been considered the best illustrated version of this American classic. Seller Inventory # 002436

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Moby Dick 1975 Signed by Leroy Neiman: Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Published by The Artist's Limited Editions (1975)

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About this Item: The Artist's Limited Editions, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. The book is in good condition. This is a large book measuring 1/3 " x 14". The Gilt illustration to the front cover is bright. There are no signatures, bookplates, or markings of any kind in the book. There is some rubbed spots the spine. This book contains all 12 double page illustrations plus the frontspiece signed by Leroy Neiman. The book is also signed by Jacques Cousteau at the end of the preface. All the illustrations are in excellent condition. The pages are clean and free of any foxing. The book comes with its rare original slipcase. The slipcase is in good condition. It has some darkening. This is the limited edition #428/1500 signed by Leroy Neiman and Jacques Cousteau. Signed by Illustrator(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1511446705802

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Herman Melville

Published by Random House,, New York: (1930)

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About this Item: Random House,, New York:, 1930. Hardcover. First Trade Edition.. Very near fine in black cloth covered boards with silver colored text and decorations stamped on the spine and front board with minor, light foxing to the end sheets and two notes by a previous owner written in pencil at the top edge of the rear free end page. In a good+, unclipped dust jacket with the lower two inches of the spine area missing and with 1/4" chips from the upper corners of the spine area which is also well tanned. This is the frist trade edition after the publication of the three volume limited edition by the Lakeside Press (which is nicknamed "Moby Dick in a can"). Illustrated by Rockwell Kent with all of the same drawings which appeared in the limited edition. 822 pages plus the epilogue. A tight, attractive copy in the very uncommon dust jacket also designed and illustrated by Kent which does not mention the author's name. Seller Inventory # TB27808

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Moby Dick: MELVILLE, Herman

MELVILLE, Herman

Published by Cassell & Company, limited (1930)

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About this Item: Cassell & Company, limited, 1930. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 309062

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Moby Dick or The Whale: Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Published by The Lakeside Press, Chicago (1930)

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About this Item: The Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Rockwell Kent (illustrator). Illustrated Edition. 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. Seller Inventory # 000149

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Melville, Herman; Kent, Rockwell [Illustrator]

Published by Lakeside Press, Chicago (1930)

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About this Item: Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good +. First edition. 280 illustrations by Kent. 3 volumes. Large quarto, publisher's silver-stamped black cloth, edges a bit faded; partially unopened, some mild offsetting from illustrations (less than usual); mild textblock crease to first twenty pages of volume 1), top edges trimmed and stained black, without the aluminum slipcase. No foxing, no previous owner's signature or bookplate, no tears or worn spots to the cloth, no bumps to the boards -- a nice uncomplicated set, solidly VG+. The Artist and the Book 140. Seller Inventory # 4183

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Melville, Herman

Published by The Lakeside Press, Chicago (1930)

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About this Item: The Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. Hardcovers in Slipcase. 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. Seller Inventory # 082945

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Kent, Rockwell (Illustrator)

Published by Lakeside Press, Chicago (1930)

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About this Item: Lakeside Press, Chicago, 1930. Hardcover. Kent, Rockwell (illustrator). 279, 284, 282 pages. 30 x 21.5 cm. A profusion of black and white illustrations, full-page and textual by Rockwell Kent, approximately 280 in total. The title page vignettes were hand-engraved by Kent, and the only ones he engraved directly on the metal [copper plate] in his long career -- see: JONES, D.B. "The Prints of Rockwell Kent" p.60. Kent also noted, "They (Lakeside Press) wanted to publish some American Classics, a selected few just to show what they could do in bookmaking, considering "Moby Dick" the most beautiful book ever published in America" Limited edition, one of 1000 printed on Arnold unbleached white wove antique paper under the supervision of William A. Kittredge. THE ARTIST AND THE BOOK 140. Bookplates front cover pastedowns, pastedown endpaper of Vol. 3 mottled at lower extremity. Orig. decorated black cloth, silver front cover and backstrip designs. Top edges stained black. Near fine. 3 vols. Seller Inventory # 10909

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MELVILLE, HERMAN

Published by LAKESIDE PRESS, CHICAGO (1930)

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About this Item: LAKESIDE PRESS, CHICAGO, 1930. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 10613

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Moby Dick or The Whale.: KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE,

KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman.

Published by Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930 (1930)

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About this Item: Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930, 1930. 3 volumes, quarto. Recent black morocco, titles and pictorial blocks to the spines and front boards in silver copied from the original, black and white patterned paper, silver edges. Fine. Illustrated throughout by Rockwell Kent. First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets, signed by the artist on the limitation page at the end of volume 3. It is considered to be 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 (1882–1971), 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 and credited with reviving public interest in a sublime but difficult novel. Seller Inventory # 110708

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Moby Dick or The Whale.: KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE,

KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman.

Published by Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930 (1930)

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About this Item: Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930, 1930. 3 volumes, large quarto. Original black cloth, bevelled boards, titles and vignettes to spines in silver, abstract design and volume numbers within simple frame to front boards in silver, top edges black, others uncut. With the original clear plastic dust jackets with paper flaps. Housed in the original aluminium slipcase. Illustrations faintly offset, mild adhesive staining to vol. 1 pastedowns from dust jackets; the dust jackets slightly yellowed on spines, and rubbed and cockled overall, with mild chipping to outer corners, a sliver of loss to the bottom edge of vol. 1 rear panel, old tape repair to the head of the front flap of vol. 2 (with concomitant trival marking to the board), vol. 3 jacket with a short split on spine and the front flap secured by tape; mottling to underside of slipcase. A superb set, extremely well-preserved owing to the unusual survival of the dust jackets and the slipcase. Wood-engravings throughout by Rockwell Kent. First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets, rare in this condition, unusually retaining both the dust jackets and the slipcase. This is 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 (1882–1971), 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 and credited with reviving public interest in a sublime but difficult novel. Hutner & Kelly, Fine Printed Books 1900–1999, 22. Seller Inventory # 121505

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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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About this Item: The Lakeside Press, 1930. Hardcover. Condition: Collectible: Very Good. Deluxe Limited Edition. First edition thus, limited to 1,000 copies. Three volumes in publisher's acetate jackets, lacking the aluminum slipcase. Presentation copy signed by Rockwell Kent on the front free end paper of Volume I, "Inscribed with affectionate friendship to Putzie - Rockwell Kent, 1950." Volumes II and III bear Rockwell Kent-illustrated bookplates of Marie Luise Hinrichs. Very Good+. Narrow strips of sunning to spine cloth at ends, light rubbing to cloth at extremities and light abrasions to black topstains. Pages toned and with offsetting from illustrations. Acetate wrappers are wrinkled and shrunken with age, as is typical, and show a bit of chipping and edge wear, with some separation starting between the acetate and a paper flap on both volumes II and III; acetate on volume II with light staining. A stunning presentation copy, inscribed by Kent, and with bookplates designed by him as well. Signed. Seller Inventory # 170909004

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Moby Dick or The Whale.: KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE,

KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman.

Published by Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930 (1930)

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About this Item: Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930, 1930. 3 volumes, large quarto. Original black cloth, bevelled boards, titles and vignettes to spines in silver, abstract design and volume numbers within simple frame to front boards in silver, top edges black, others uncut. Housed in the original aluminium slipcase. Very light marking to covers, spines very slightly faded. Slight offsets from illustrations, as usual. Slight scuffing to slipcase. An excellent copy. Wood-engravings throughout by Rockwell Kent. First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets. With a pencilled presentation inscription by Rockwell Kent to the front free endpaper of volume 1: 'To Jerry M. Stepanek by Rockwell Kent'. This is 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 (1882–1971), 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 and credited with reviving public interest in a sublime but difficult novel. Hutner & Kelly, Fine Printed Books 1900–1999, 22. Seller Inventory # 121809

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