Set in the paradise of a South Sea island, "Typee" is a combination of fact and fiction. The tale is a distortion of the life of the Typees and foreshadows the metaphysical preoccupations in Melville's later work with its depiction of the evil and mystery lurking beneath the idyllic setting. Set in the paradise of a South Sea island, "Typee" is a combination of fact and fiction. The tale is a distortion of the life of the Typees and foreshadows the metaphysical preoccupations in Melville's later work with its depiction of the evil and mystery lurking beneath the idyllic setting.Read Less
The revised edition, first thus, with a sequel, "The Story of Toby." Brown cloth, blind stamped boards with copper lettering on spine. 1/8" chip missing from top and bottom backstrip, front and back covers rubbed, circular skinned spots on front cover, small 1/2" soil spot on back cover, corners and bottom edge rubbed through to boards.
Former owner's early ink name on front flyleaf ('James S. Simpson/ U. S. Army'); spine is askew, binding has a few small tears and spots of wear on spine, covers are rubbed, with a few spots of discoloration on front and rear covers, endpapers are... MELVILLE, Herman. TYPEE: A Peep at Polynesian Life, During a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas; The Revised Edition, with a Sequel. Octavo, dark brown cloth (stamped in gilt on spine), pp. xiv, 307 pages (followed by a seven-page "Publisher's Advertisement" for "Omoo, " printing various press statements about the book), illustrated (with frontispiece map of Marquesas Islands). OCLC lists six holdings of this 1865 edition (including) [Columbia, NYPL, Michigan State, and Alabama].
Good. Revised edition with the Toby sequel; cover in protective mylar jacket; cover very lightly rubbed/bumped/soiledm corners lightly bumped with internal boards barely exposed, spine ends bumped with minor chipping, top front hinge slightly cracked (board still firmly attached), spine sunned; edges sunned/soiled; internal hinge quite exposed at front pastedown, internal hinge slightly exposed at rear pastedown, endpapers/pastedowns very lightly age-toned, light foxing throughout (does not obstruct text), previous bookseller's stamp bottom ffep (red ink); binding tight; cover, edges and interior intact and very clean, except where noted; a lovely copy.
Modern half-calf with raised spine bands bearing a black leather label lettered in gilt, and maroon cloth boards. New endpapers. All edges marbled. xiv, 307, (7, advert) pp. folding map. Octavo. Condition: some minor foxing/staining to initial and terminal leaves, otherwise Fine. A handsome copy. Scans of exterior and representative interior leaves available upon request.
Illustrated by Maps. Hardcover. No DJ. Cover worn. Minor foxing. Good.; Presence of The Revised Edition, with a Sequel. semicolon follows Marquesas. a period after Street.; 7 10/16"x5 1/4; 307 pp+ads pages; The edges are dark, as if dusty, the back cover has small hole worn to show the board under the cloth. Title page information. New York, Wiley and Putnam. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1847.
Good. No Dj. 5" x 7.5" Original decorated cloth, illustrated by Map. xiv, 307pp. Ex-lib, discard slip from Groton Normal School. The pages are slightly wavy, as if they have been damp at some time, spine coming loose, damp stains in margins of some pp.
Very Good. First American edition, third printing of the author's first book. Two volumes bound in one. Bound in contemporary brown three-quarter leather, marbled covers, four raised bands, ruled in gilt, gilt spine label. A very good copy with some wear and rubbing to extremities, early repair to upper spine, some scattered foxing to pages.
Very good in very good dust jacket. 2 pt. in 1 v. front. (map) 20 cm. Wiley & Putnam's library of American books no. 13-14. Includes Maps. First American edition, Wiley & Putnam, New York, 1846. Book Condition: Near Very Good. First Edition. Original embossed 1/4 leather. With "463" for "163" on p. 163. Lacking all maps and illustrations. 2pp. of ads. Very Good condition for its age.
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