Moby Dick or The White Whale


Melville, Herman (1819-1891)


Melville, Herman (1819-1891). Moby Dick or The White Whale. New York: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, ND [Circa 1955]. pp. 633. Thick 8vo. Light grey buckram over boards with navy-blue and light green lettering, and illustration to the front board and spine; illustrated endpapers. Untrimmed page edges, publishers’ topstain. Black-and-white illustrated frontispiece subtitled: “In That Dreamy Mood”. Light bumping to the spine ends, one very faint spot of foxing to the ffep otherwise the contents remain bright, clean, and unmarked with tight, sound binding; very good+ and housed in a good unclipped uncommonly seen dustjacket for which we were unable to find any comparables. Dustjacket shows the occasional small chips, and two short closed tears to the rear panel. Inner front flap states “100100” to the top right corner, and “120-160” to the bottom left. Rear panel advertises a range of other titles from the “Boy’s Library of Adventure: Famous Juveniles of Distinction”, listing a total of thirty titles by various authors. We note that the pagination nominally corresponds to those recorded for OCLC #367446331; it differs, however, wherein the pre-pagination is listed as “xvi”. Overall, very good copy of a classic of American literature. Hardcover. ”Moby Dick” is generally considered Herman’s Melville’s greatest book, its narrative power and description of natural history being superior to the earlier stories “Typee” and “Omoo”. The scope of the story may perhaps not be seen in the first few chapters, but there is wonderful movement and suspense and passion in this dramatic portrayal of the pursuit of the great whale by the intrepid Yankee captain and his crew. [From the Introduction]. (#2122) $175.00