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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. Book fine with no scratching to cover designs, dust jacket present but in poor condition. First trade edition. xxxi, 825p. Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Black cloth with overall pictorial design in silver on upper cover and spine. Quite difficult to find with the cover in such brilliant condition.

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$750.00

Moby Dick or The Whale

Melville, Herman

New York: Random House, 1930. Book. Illus. by Rockwell Kent. VG. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Hardback book bound in black cloth-covered boards with silver and black whale illustrated on the front with silver title and silver decorations and title on the spine. Book shows very light wear on the cover with clean, unmarked interior ie. no bookplates, no cracked hinges and no signatures. Dust jacket has light edge wear with a small chip on lower corner and a triangular chip measuring 3/4" x 1" affecting the "Y" in title Moby missing at top front corner and rubs at folds. dust jacket is now protected in Brodart jacket cover. Great illustrations by famed illustrator Rockwell Kent. 822 pages plus Epilogue. Please request scans before ordering to see the conditions of the book and dust jacket..

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$700.00

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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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$600.00

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 (Works of Herman Melville)

Melville, Herman

Hendricks House. Hardcover. 0875320015 New Condition. . New.

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$497.50

Moby Dick, or the Whale (Works of Herman Melville)

Melville, Herman

Hendricks House. Hardcover. 0875320015 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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$497.50

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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$431.99

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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

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MOBY-DICK OR, THE WHALE

Herman Melville, edited by Luther S. Mansfield and Howard P. Vincent

New York: Hendricks House, 1962. Second printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good +. 6 x 8 1/2 in. xxxiii, 857 pp. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Very large section of explanatory notes covering thematic interpretations and Melville's sources. Condition is Near Fine ; Excellent, looks new on all points, text is very clean and unmarked, binding is tight. Dust jacket is Very Good+, very light foxing on spine, price-clipped, in a new clear Mylar wrapper. Scarce in any condition, this copy of this definative edition is in outstanding condition. Fiction. RGR.

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$275.00

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MOBY DICK , Or, the Whale

Herman Melville

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton. 1977. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Leather Bound. Book accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints to ensure the highest quality binding. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. ; The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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$274.95

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MOBY DICK , Or, the Whale

Herman Melville

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton. 1977. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Leather Bound. Book accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints to ensure the highest quality binding. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. ; The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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$274.95

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

Melville, Herman

Northwestern University Press. Hardcover. 0810102684 New Condition. . New.

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$272.50

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

Melville, Herman

Northwestern University Press. Hardcover. 0810102684 Like New Condition. . Fine.

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$272.50

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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

Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1928. Book. Very Good +. Three-Quarter Leather. Scarce deluxe leather-bound edition. With an Introduction by A. S. W. Rosenbach. Title page dated 1928 in Roman numerals. 1924 copyright date. Original true three-quarter dark-brown leather binding with marbled boards. Four raised bands and gilt lettering and decoration on the spine. Gilt-edging along the leather on the boards. Gilt-covered top edge. Untrimmed page edges. Marbled endpapers. xxxii + 633 pages. Large and hefty book measuring 8 1/8" x 5 5/8" x 1 5/8". In VERY GOOD + condition. Light wear to the spine ends, moderate wear to the leather front joint and rubbed leather corners. Otherwise very bright, clean and unworn, tightly bound, straight and square, with secure hinges, and no sunning. Excellent interior with practically flawless bright, clean, supple pages. Previous owner's antique bookplate on front pastedown and a gift inscription on front flyleaf..

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$245.00