One of the most widely-read and respected books in all American literature, "Moby Dick" is the saga of Captain Ahab and his unrelenting pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed him during their last encounter. A novel blending high-seas romantic adventure, symbolic allegory, and the conflicting ideals of heroic determination and ...
One of the most widely-read and respected books in all American literature, "Moby Dick" is the saga of Captain Ahab and his unrelenting pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed him during their last encounter. A novel blending high-seas romantic adventure, symbolic allegory, and the conflicting ideals of heroic determination and undying hatred, "Moby Dick" is also revered for its historical accounts of the whaling industry of the 1800s.
Illustrated by Boardman Robinson. Collector's Edition. Full black leather with raised bands, gilt decorations, silk end papers, ribbon marker, all edges gilt. 615 pp. As New hardcover (no markings) / No dust jacket as issued. Clean and fresh. A new copy. Definitely gift quality.
Kent, Rockwell. Good. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. Book is in good condition with some wear to the cover and some fading to the spine. Spine shows some slant and twist, likely from being repeatedly read, but has been well looked after. Binding is tight and pages are clean.
Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. A Limited Edition.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Robinson. Fine. Introduction by Clifton Fadiman. Illustrated by Boardman Robinson. 615pp. Short thick 4to, rebound in 1/2 blue morocco, marbled boards, gilt-stamped spine with raised bands, t.e.g. New York: The Heritage Press, (1943). A fine copy.
Rockwell Kent. Near Fine. No Jacket. A very crisp and clean just about perfect copy in black boards with lovely silver gilt decoration and lettering. With pristine contents. This is the highly sought-after definative Moby Dick, and the nicest copy I've handled.
Near Fine in very good jacket. First trade edition with Kent's illustration, 1930, hardcover with silver stamped black cloth boards in dust jacket, octavo, 822pp., illustrated with Kent's pen, brush, and ink drawings. Book near fine with mild wear to spine ends and corners, binding tight, faint soil to top and bottom edges of text block, previous owner's signature and date to front flyleaf, otherwise text clean and unmarked, with prospectus laid in at rear. DJ VG with a couple 2" tears to rear panel that are held closed in protective mylar wrap, rubbing and toning, mild chips to spine ends and corners.
Very Good+ 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.
LeRoy Nieman. Near Fine. A lovely copy of this 1975 Artist's Limited Edition. #930 OF 1, 500 COPIES ISSUED WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY LEROY NIEMAN (13 PAINTINGS AND A SIGNED FRONTISPIECE SERIGRAPH) AND THE PREFACE (SIGNED) BY JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU. Additionally, this edition is bound in a full, rich brown leather, with a pristine gilt-design to the front panel and 5 raised bands along the spine (with fine gilt-lettering and tooling at the compartments). Tight, clean and easily Near Fine. Folio, handsome double-columned pages. Also includes the publisher's linen slipcase, which is sturdy and strong but shows very light foxing at the panels.
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.
Illustr by LeRoy Neiman, 14 x 11, gilt decorated brown morocco, 270 pp double column pages, couple tiny snags to spine else in nice condition, in lightly worn and soiled slipcase. LIMITED TO 500 NUMBERED COPIES, SIGNED BY JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU (AT HIS PREFACE). ALSO SIGNED BY LEROY NEIMAN UNDER HIS FRONTISPIECE PRINT.
Very nice book, and extremely prompt shipping...thanks again!
Oct 13, 2011
Hardcover in great shape, came exactly as described. This is a somewhat scarce,annotated edition. And, Moby Dick ( with or without the annotations), is THE single greatest book ever written.
Apr 24, 2008
The Great American Novel
When I studied this book in college, we discussed what Melville was describing in this story. It's not only about a young man's transformation through his experiences on the Pequod, nor is it only about Ahab's obsession with killing Moby Dick to the exclusion of all else. It's about man's struggle against Nature, the attempts by man to change, control, and eventually overcome Nature. Melville understood that man could never accomplish this, but would only end up destroying himself as Ahab destroyed himself by harpooning Moby Dick.
In my opinion, this is still the greatest American novel ever written, not only for the twin stories of Ishmael and Ahab, but also educational in how whalers lived, worked, and sometimes died.
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