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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

New York: Harper & Brothers, 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; BAL 13664; HC consignment; Shelved CASE 2. Dupont.

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$25,000.00

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Moby-Dick, or The Whale

MELVILLE, HERMAN

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.

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$1,250.00

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 .

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$799.99

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Moby Dick or The Whale

Melville, Herman

New York: Random House, 1930. 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.

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$700.00

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-.

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$525.00

Moby-Dick or The Whale.

MELVILLE, Herman.

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.

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$450.00

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Moby Dick or The Whale.

MELVILLE, Herman.

New York: Rinehart & Co., Inc.,, 1954. Introduction by Newton Arvin. Octavo (185 x 120 mm). Contemporary green crushed half morocco, marbled paper sides, titles and naval designs to spine gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, green endpapers, green silk page marker. Spine lightly toned, slight bumps to tips, offsetting to endpaper margins; an excellent copy. A very handsomely bound copy of Moby Dick.

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$414.73

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Moby Dick, or The Whale: Volume 6, Scholarly Edition (Melville)

Herman Melville

Northwestern University Press. Hardcover. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$391.09

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.

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$300.00

Moby-Dick or The Whale.

MELVILLE, Herman.

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.

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$275.00

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MOBY DICK Or The Whale

MELVILLE, Herman. Illustrated By Rockwell Kent

New York: Random House, 1930. Hard Cover. Very Good+. A Very Good+ hardback First Edition Thus Illustrated bound in black cloth with silver lettering and illustration spine and front cover. Mild scuffs to silver, minimal cover edge wear, owner bookplate front paste-down, stain lower corner edge. 12mo. xxxi, 822 pp.

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$265.00

Moby Dick Or the Whale

Melville, Herman

1 volume, please be aware of language, air mail shipment from Germany within 2-6 weeks, we deliver to any country - please ask us to enable delivery to your country!

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$244.62

Moby-Dick or The Whale

Melville, Herman

Evanston, IL: Northewestern University Press, 1988. First Thus. Hardcover. Fine/fine. First Thus. Hardcover.

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$200.00

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MOBY DICK Or the Whale

Melville, Herman

Norwalk: Easton Press. First Edition Thus; Collector's Edition. Hardcover. Book condition is Near Fine, bound in full, genuine leather with gilt accents, 22kt gold page edges and a hubbed spine. Smyth sewn, interior vaunts moire end papers, acid-neutral paper (won't yellow or become brittle over time) and silk ribbon page marker. Text is clean and unmarked, still in factory shrink-wrap. ; The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written Series; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall .

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$200.00

Twins at St. Clares

ENID BLYTON

EGMONT. New. New New Good Books

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$199.00

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.

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$199.00

Moby Dick or the Whale (collectors edition)

Melville, Herman

Used - Good. Used books cannot guarantee unused access codes or working CD's! Ships fast. Expedited shipping 2-4 business days; Standard shipping 7-14 business days. Ships from USA!

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$179.99

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Moby Dick or The Whale

Melville Herman

Norwalk Connecticut: Easton Press, 1977. Book. Illus. by Robinson, Boardman. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ in. - 9¾ in.Tall. Slight weat to the gilt finish on the bottom edge. 615 pages Very good condition. Leather Bound. First Printing, accented in 22kt gold. Four ribs spine. Forward by Clifton Fadiman and illustrations by Boardman Robinson. Bookplate on front free endpaper. Moby-Dick is widely considered to be a Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. Ahab intends to take revenge. In Moby-Dick, Melville employs stylized language, symbolism, and metaphor to explore numerous complex themes. Through the main character's journey, the concepts of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of gods are all examined as Ishmael speculates upon his personal beliefs and his place in the universe. The narrator's reflections, along with his descriptions of a sailor's life aboard a whaling ship, are woven into the narrative along with Shakespearean literary devices such as stage directions, extended soliloquies, and asides. The book portrays insecurity that is still seen today when it comes to non-human beings along with the belief that these beings understand and act like humans. The story is based on the actual events around the whaleship Essex, which was attacked by a sperm whale while at sea and sank..

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$145.00

Moby Dick or the Whale

Herman Melville

The Easton Press, 1977. Leather Bound. New. Brand new. 24k gold. still shrink wrapped. silk book mark. ships within 24 hours with confirmation. We strive to be as earth conscious as possible when packaging.

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$125.98

Moby Dick or the Whale

Herman Melville

EASTON PRESS, 1977 magnificent full leather binding, introduction by Clifton Fadiman, ills by Boardman Robinson. Special Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket.

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$120.00