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Moby-Dick Or, the Whale

By Melville, Herman

Over a century and a half after its publication, Moby-Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, Moby-Dick is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

@greatwhitetale Call me Ishmael. You could call me something else if you want, but since that’s my name, it would make sense to call me Ishmael.

Captain obsessed with finding a whale called Moby Dick. Sounds like the meanest VD ever, if you ask me. Sorry. Old joke. Couldn’t resist.

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Moby Dick, or, The Whale

MELVILLE, Herman (1819-1891)

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. 12mo. (7 1/4 x 4 7/8 inches). xxiii, [1], 635, [1], [6]pp. Publisher's ads in the rear. (Usual minor foxing, slight stain in the upper margin in the rear). Publisher's blindstamped brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt (expert restoration at joints and spine). Housed in a dark blue morocco box. Rare first American edition of arguably the greatest work in American literature. The first American edition followed the three-volume English edition by a month and contained some thirty-five passages which had been edited out of the English edition. "[Melville's] great book, Moby Dick, was a complete practical failure, misunderstood by the critics and ignored by the public; and in 1853 the Harpers' fire destroyed the plates of all of his books and most of the copies remaining in stock [only about sixty copies survived the fire] ... 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" (Dictionary of American Biography). "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?" (Grolier, American). This example complete with the six pages of advertisements in the rear, and in the publisher's dark brown cloth binding, covers blind-stamped with heavy rule frame and publisher's circular device at center. BAL 13664; Grolier American 60; Johnson High Spots 57; Wright II:1701.


Moby Dick or The Whale

Melville, Herman:

Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930. Limited Edition. All three volumes of this complete three volume set are in fine condition each in their original black cloth covered beveled boards with silver colored text stampings and designs on the spines and front boards. Each is a quarto measuring 11 1/2" by 8 3/8". Each volume is covered by its original clear, acetate dust jacket with attached paper flaps. The jacket for volume I is very good+ as it is chipped at the spine ends and at the area over the fore corners of the boards. The jacket for volume II is fine without any chips or tears; and, the jacket for volume III is very good+ with only shallow chips at the lower edge of the spine area and around its corner to the lower edge of the front board. The three volumes are housed in a fine aluminum slip case. One of only one thousand copies printed and sold. This set has the original invoice for purchase dated November 18, 1930 laid-in at the front of volume I. Volume I contains 279 pages, volume II contains 284 pages; and, volume III contains 282 pages followed by an uncut epilogue and then the limitation page. All three volumes are illustrated throughout with the famous woodcuts by Rockwell Kent. An extremely handsome set with no prior ownership markings of any kind.


Moby Dick or the Whale [Illustrated by Rockwell Kent]

MELVILLE, Herman (1819-1891)

New York: Random House, 1930. First Edition thus. Hardcover. Very Fine/Fine. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. First Trade Edition, issued after the Lakeside Press (1930) Limited Subscriber's Edition. Thick 8vo: xxxi,[1],822,[6]pp, with 275 reproductions of Kent's drawings. Publisher's finely woven black cloth, title stamped in silver on upper board and spine with Kent's image of a breaching whale; beige pictorial dust jacket with the same whale motif in blue and black. Virtually pristine inside and out: the finest copy we have seen. Very Fine (apparently unread read) with bright, undisturbed silver stamping to spine and upper cover; Fine jacket with trivial rubbing to folds and no discernible browning to spine (as almost always). An absolutely exemplary example, Very Fine in Fine jacket. ¶ In 1926, the Chicago printer R. R. Donnelley invited Rockwell Kent to illustrate a new edition of Richard Henry Dana's Two Years Before the Mast. Kent declined, but suggested Moby Dick instead. Published in 1930 by the Lakeside Press of Chicago, the three-volume limited edition filled with Kent's haunting black-and-white, pen, brush and ink drawings and encased in a metal slipcase, sold out immediately. Random House quickly produced this trade edition, which also proved immensely popular and vaulted what was then still a rather obscure novel (Moby Dick only had been rediscovered by critics in the early 1920s) to the status of an American classic. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.


Moby-Dick, or The Whale


London: The Folio Society, 2009. First Folio Society edition in this format. A gorgeous presentation of a classic, bound in Wright's smooth grain leather blocked with a design based on an illustration by Rockwell Kent. Accompanied by the supplementary volume Moby Dick: A Commentary by Harold Beaver, in original black cloth. Both volumes presented together in a black cloth clamshell box measuring about 8" x 10.5" x 4". Numbered 206 of 1750 copies. A lovely edition, and very scarce. Additonal postage may be required.. Small quarto. 730; 306 pages. Profusely illustrated with reproductions of illustrations by Rockwell Kent.


Moby-Dick, or the Whale [2 volumes]

Melville, Herman

London: Folio Society. 2009. F First Edition Thus. H Full Leather. Fine. 2 volumes, as issued in publisher's slipcase. The text volume, with Rockwell Kent's superb illustrations, is bound in full black morocco, spine stamped in silver, upper cover elaborately decorated in silver and white, top edge silver. The second volume is "Moby-Dick: A Commentary" by Haold Beaver, bound in black cloth. Beautifully housed in publisher's black cloth clamshell case, spine stamped in silver. Copy #901 of 1750 hand-numbered copies. One of the most beautiful titles ever issued by the Folio Society.



Melville, Herman

NEW YORK: Random House, 1930. Hardcover. Fine in jacket. Rockwell Kent. First trade edition. xxxi, 825 pp. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Black cloth-over-boards with beautiful , unmarred silver-on-black graphics of sounding whale to front board, and to spine. Scarce dustjacket with only Rockwell Kent's name - no mention of Melville. Two chips (.25" x 1.25", and 5/16" x .75") from dustjacket crown, and several quite small ones to foot. Front DJ flap separating. About as fine a copy of the book as we've seen, dustjacket notwithstanding.


Moby Dick Or, the Whale

Melville, Herman

New York: The Artist's Limited Editions. Fine. 1975. 1. Hardcover. Brown leather with gilt, 14x11. Beautiful copy, #1125/1500. Signed on frontispiece by LeRoy Neiman and at preface by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. In very sturdy slipcase that would be fine but for the foxing along and near the spine. Tiny amount of soil to textblock edge. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 270 pages; Signed by Author & Illustrator .


Moby Dick or the Whale (Harper's New Magazine Monthly, June to November)

Herman Melville

Harper & Brothers. Very Good+. 1851. First Edition. First publication of any part of Moby Dick; "The Town-Ho's Story" -- Chapter 54 of the novel, still at that time titled "The Whale," in the October Issue of this Bound Edition of 5 monthly issues of Harper's New Magazine. Also contains pieces on Napoleon, Dueling, Peru, Horce Racing, Hawaii, Sleepwalking, Lapland, and extensive coverage of the days literary and fashion tastes. .


Moby Dick or, The Whale (Famous Novels of the Sea)

Melville, Herman

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. HB. Decorative green cloth, gilt lettering on spine, 12 mo, ix, [1], 492, xiv pp. Illustrated frontis and 3 other full-page plates by I. W. Taber. The second illustrated edition of Moby Dick, Tanselle, 11. No marks in book, binding tight. Blank rear endpaper creased. Covers show light edge wear, bump top of front cover, minor fraying top of spine. Uncommon 19th century edition of this important work of American fiction. Book condition VG-.


Moby-Dick or The Whale.


Franklin Center: Franklin, 1979. hardcover. fine. Illustrated with reproductions of nineteenth century whaling prints. Tall 8vo, rebound in full blue morocco. Franklin Center: Franklin Library, (1979). Fine.


Moby Dick, or, The Whale


VeryGood. Signed Limited Edition. Limited to 1500 Copies; this being # 1126. Signed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau at end of preface. 12 double-page color illustrations by LeRoy Neiman (lacking the 13th illustration; the signed fronits seriagraph). Bound in full brown morocco with gilt illustration of Captain Ahab atop the crowsnest with spyglass in hand on front and 5 raised bands and gilt lettering to spine. Pages: xv, 272 pages, ribbon place marker. In its original slipcase. Slipcase is white cloth with leather to bottom and top edges. mild wear to slipcase. spine a tad faded; a penned name on front pastedown; Otherwise, very clean, tight, square, and unmarked. A VG+ Copy in a VG+ Slipcase


Moby Dick Or the Whale

Melville, Herman

New York: Garden City Publishing, 1937. Second Trade Edition. Hardcover. Rockwell Kent. 822pp. Blue cloth boards with gilt decorations to front cover and spine, gilt title to spine. This is Garden City's "De Luxe Edition," containing additional illustrations by Rockwell Kent not present in the first trade edition. Binding weak, soiling to page edges, else the book is very good. The dust jacket is good only; jacket is clipped, and shows significant chipping and wear, although the panels are largely intact. Scarce in jacket. Good in good dj. Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was an American artist whose career as an illustrator was cemented by the very successful black and white drawings he produced to illuminate "Moby Dick." His illustrations for the work were first published by the Lakeside Press in 1930, nearly eighty years after the initial publication of "Moby Dick." A gorgeous and evocative treatment of the most successful whaling novel of all time, well worth spending some time with.


Moby-Dick or The Whale.


Franklin Center: Franklin, 1974. hardcover. fine. Black and white illustrations. Tall 8vo, full gilt-stamped black leather, a.e.g. Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1974. Fine. 100 Greatest Books of All Time series.


Moby Dick, or The Whale


Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing Co., Inc, 1937. Second trade edition; De Luxe edition. Previous ownership signature on front free endpaper, otherwise near fine in original gilt decorated blue cloth, and very good rubbed, lightly chipped pictorial dust jacket. Contains additional illuminations not found in the 1930 edition.. Thick 12mo. 822 pages. Illustrated with reproductions of monochrome drawings by Rockwell Kent.






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Softcover. Brand New. “International Edition” - ISBN number and front cover may be different in rare cases but contents are same as the US edition. FOR MULTIPLE ORDERS AND EXPEDITE ORDERS, WE USE FEDEX/UPS/DHL SERVICE & RECEIVE FAST WITHIN 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS. No shipping to PO BOX, APO, FPO addresses. Kindly provide day time phone number in order to ensure smooth delivery. Printed in black & white in English language. Territorial restrictions may be printed on the book. We may ship from Asian regions for inventory purpose. 100% Customer satisfaction guaranteed! We use Fast Shipping via DHL/FEDEX/UPS


Moby Dick or The Whale

Melville, Herman

The Easton Press, 1971. Very large, very heavy, sturdy book, glossy black leather with very bright gilt illustration of whale and wave-design on most of front and back, raised spine, very bright gilt lettering and wave design on spine, all edges gilt, light blue satin inside covers and adjacent end papers, light blue satin bookmark, 615 pages. Frontispiece color-illustration of Herman Melville. As New.. Full Leather. Fine. Illus. by Robinson, Boardman. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


Moby Dick or the Whale

Melville Herman

London: Cassell Hardback. [1930]. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. Some fading to spine but lettering clear. Gift inscription on front end-paper. One or two spots of edge foxing but internally clean. Pp.xxxi,822 + Epilogue. Numerous black and white illustrations. . First UK Trade Edition. Illus. by Rockwell Kent.


Moby Dick, or the Whale

(Kent, Rockwell) Melville, Herman

New York: Random House, 1930. First trade edition. 280 woodcut illustrations by Rockwell Kent. xxxi, [i], 822, [4] pp. 1 vols. Thick 8vo. Black cloth stamped in silver. Spine and upper cover rubbed with some of the silver off. Good. Kent, Rockwell. First trade edition. 280 woodcut illustrations by Rockwell Kent. xxxi, [i], 822, [4] pp. 1 vols. Thick 8vo.


Moby-Dick or The Whale

Melville, Herman (Introduction by Raymond Weaver)

New York: Albert & Charles Boni, Inc., 1933. Near Very Good condition. Silver-decorated spine is a little sunned. A clean, square, tight, unmarked copy. Handsome maritime-theme bookplate of Peggy Saenz. Beautifully illustrated by Raymond Bishop with over 40 wonderful line engravings, mostly full-page. This is the first printing of the uncommon Raymond Bishop-illustrated edition. The book receives only brief mention by G. Thomas Tanselle in his CHECKLIST OF EDITIONS OF MOBY-DICK, 1851-1976. In a note to entry #10, Tanselle says the main text of this 1933 printing is a reissue from the 1925 series, Pequod Edition of Herman Melville's Collected Works. However, this 1933 printing appears to be the first to contain Raymond Bishop's art. It also has expanded introductory matter (38 vs 27 pages). Tanselle says the 1933 printing was issued as No. 23 of the "Bonibooks" cloth series, but in this copy there is no internal evidence to support that. For my money, Raymond Bishop's Moby Dick illustrations are at least as good as those by Rockwell Kent. The title page features Bishop's "Jonah Walks Ashore" (also reproduced in larger format opposite page 326). The mouth of the whale appears as a dark cave, and the whale's huge tongue serves as a bridge over which Jonah walks to dry land. For a discussion of the image, see: UNPAINTED TO THE LAST, MOBY DICK AND TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN ART by Elizabeth Schultz (University of Kansas, 1995). Bound in the original blue cloth.. First Edition with art by Raymond Bishop. Hardcover. Near Very Good condition/No jacket. Illus. by Bishop, Raymond (engravings). 8vo. xxxiii, 507pp.