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Moby-Dick Or, the Whale

By Melville, Herman

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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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Available copies: Moby-Dick Or, the Whale By Melville, Herman

Moby Dick or The Whale


New York: Random House,, 1930. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Octavo. Original black cloth, spine and front board lettered and decorated in silver. With the dust jacket. 280 woodcuts by Rockwell Kent. An exceptional copy in the slightly nicked jacket with toned spine. First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing. First published the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition, this trade edition proved immensely popular and has been credited with contributing to the rediscovery of Moby Dick as a classic. Together with a signed letter from Kent, dated 6 January 1930, replying to a query for the price of designing a bookplate.

  • Published: 1930
Sold by: Peter Harrington


Melville, Herman

New York: Random House, 1930. First trade edition. Book fine with no scratching to cover designs, dust jacket cover panels fine, spine panel with two lare chips to crown and small chips to foot. First trade edition. xxxi, 825p. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Black cloth with pictorial design in silver on upper cover and spine. Scarce in nice dust jacket, about as nice as can be found.

  • Published: 1930
  • Condition: Book fine with no scratching to cover designs, dust jacket cover panels fine, spine panel with two lare chips to crown and small
  • Edition: First trade edition
Sold by: First Folio


Melville, Herman

NY: The Artist's Limited Edition, 1975. Frontis. by Leroy Neiman. Signed by Leroy Neiman and Jacques Cousteau. Limited Edition No. 200 of 1500 copies.. Signed by Illustrator. Limited Edition. Full Leather. Fine in a Near Fine Box. Illus. by Leroy Neiman.

  • Published: 1975
  • Condition: Fine in a Near Fine Box
  • Edition: Limited Edition
Sold by: Feldman's Books

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. .

  • Published: 1851
  • Condition: Very Good+
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Book Gallery // Mike Riley

Moby Dick, or The Whale


New York: Random House, 1930. hardcover. fine. Kent, Rockwell. Illustrated throughout with lovely woodcuts by Rockwell Kent. 825 pages. Short very thick 8vo, handsomely rebound in full blue morocco; silver-lettered spine with raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge silver. New York: Random House, 1930. First trade edition. Fine.

  • Published: 1930
  • Condition: fine
Sold by: Argosy Book Store

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-.

  • Published: 1899
Sold by: Parker's Rare Books

Moby Dick, or The Whale


New York: Random House, 1930. hardcover. very good. Kent, Rockwell. Illustrated throughout with lovely woodcuts by Rockwell Kent. 825pp. Short very thick 8vo, handsomely rebound in full black polished calf, gilt-decorated spine with nautical theme, brown leather spine labels (spine ends and joints rubbed), gold ship on front cover, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. New York: Random House, 1930. First trade edition. A very good copy.

  • Published: 1930
  • Condition: very good
Sold by: Argosy Book Store

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.

  • Published: 1979
  • Condition: fine
Sold by: Argosy Book Store

Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

Herman Melville

The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. Paperback. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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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.

  • Published: 1937
  • Edition: Second Trade Edition
Sold by: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA

Moby Dick or The Whale

Melville, Herman

New York: Random House. 1930. Octav0. F First Trade Edition. H Hard Cover. Fine. Printed by R.R. Donnelley, who first issued this work as a limited deluxe edition in their Four Books series, this first trade edition is also justly famous and scarce. A stunning copy, free of the usual chipping to the Kent silver design on the cover, tight as if new, and clean and unmarked. In custom-made archival Mylar jacket, this is the finest copy of Kent's Moby Dick we have seen.

  • Published: 1930
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: F First Trade Edition
Sold by: Bibliodisia Books

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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

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Melville, Herman

Random House. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1930. First Illustrated Edition. Hardcover. Top corner slightly scuffed, scuff marks on back cover, light wear top of spine, silver decorations on front cover and spine lightly rubbed, bookplate on front pastedown, light discoloration inside front & rear covers. ; Black covers with silver lettering and decorations on front cover & spine, Rockwell Kent illustrations throughout , all in excellent condition. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

  • Published: 1930
  • Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket
  • Edition: First Illustrated Edition
Sold by: Encore Books

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.

  • Published: 1971
  • Condition: Fine
Sold by: Callaghan Books South

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.

  • Edition: First UK Trade Edition
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Moby Dick, or the Whale

Melville, Herman

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

  • Condition:
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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.

  • Published: 1933
  • Condition: Near Very Good condition
  • Edition: First Edition with art by Raymond Bishop
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Moby-Dick or, The Whale

Melville, Herman

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981. 576p, illustrations. 26cm. First printing. Blue cloth covers with titling in silver on the spine; dust jacket. With engravings by Barry Moser. This edition was reproduced by the University of California from Andrew Hoyem's Arion Press edition, which was limited to 265 copies. Bookplate on the front cover pastedown. In fine condition.

Sold by: Michael J. Osborne Books LLC


Melville, Herman

Franklin Center: Franklin Library, 1980. Two volumes in dark gray leather with gilt decoration on front, rear and spine, three raised bands, all edges gilt, ribbon markers, moire endpapers. B/w illustrations. Fine.. 25th Anniversary Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Illus. by Rockwell Kent.

  • Published: 1980
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition
Sold by: Warren Berry

MOBY DICK or the Whale



  • Published: 1930
  • Condition: FINE
Sold by: Gian Luigi Fine Books Inc.