White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War is the fifth book by American writer Herman Melville, first published in London in 1850. The book is based on the author's fourteen months service in the United States Navy, aboard the frigate USS United States. Based on Melville's experiences as a common seaman aboard the frigate USS United States from ...
White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War is the fifth book by American writer Herman Melville, first published in London in 1850. The book is based on the author's fourteen months service in the United States Navy, aboard the frigate USS United States. Based on Melville's experiences as a common seaman aboard the frigate USS United States from 1843 to 1844 and stories that other sailors told him, the novel is severely critical of virtually every aspect of American naval life and thus qualifies as Melville's most politically strident work. At the time, though, the one thing that journalists and politicians focused on in the novel was its graphic descriptions of flogging and the horrors caused by its arbitrary use; in fact, because Harper & Bros. made sure the book got into the hands of every member of Congress, White-Jacket was instrumental in abolishing flogging in the U.S. Navy forever. Melville scholars also acknowledge the huge number of parallels between White-Jacket and Billy Budd and view the former as a rich source for possible interpretations of the latter. The symbolism of the color white, introduced in this novel in the form of the narrator's jacket, is more fully expanded upon in Moby-Dick, where it becomes an all-encompassing "blankness." The mixture of journalism, history, and fiction; the presentation of a sequence of striking characters; the metaphor of a sailing ship as the world in miniature-all of these prefigure his next novel, Moby-Dick.
Very good. The Page Co., Boston, MA, 1919. REISSUE Edition, 3rd Printing, VG-, Hard Cover, Size=5.5"x8.5", 374pgs. Green cloth has faded areas on front cover at top edge area(1-1/2" x 2" & 3/8" x 2"), page ends moderately agetoned, o.w. clean, bright & tight. No ink names, bookplates, etc. Text in Near Fine condition. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Very Good. No Dust Jacket. Used No jacket. Minor wear on leading corners, and head and foot of spine. Spine is slightly faded. Very small mark on front board's gilt lettering. Rear leading edge is bumped. Page block and page edges are slightly tanned. Item is in excellent condition for age, with sound binding, clean pages and clear text. TH.
8vo, pp. 374; frontispiece; a good, sound copy in orig. red cloth stamped in gilt and black. Reprinting of the United States Book Co. edition of 1892, the year following Melville's death, under the renewed copyright by Elizabeth Melville.
Third Printing, consisting of only 257 copies. Highly critical novel of naval life based on Melville's experiences as a common seaman aboard the frigate USS United States, from 1843-1844. Spine ends expertly rebacked, with shallow stain to top page margin of mid-pages, oxidation staining to yellow endpapers; Very Good plus, in a custom buckram clamshell case.
8vo., 465 pp., Good, Original Brown Cloth, rebound with new brown cloth spine, printed paper label affixed to spine, & cloth tape along gutters of original end papers; significant loss on bottom of back board, sun-fading, stains, rubbing, and edge wear on boards; splitting along gutters in several parts of the text; pencil scribbles on end papers; staining & foxing throughout text, on end papers and edges of text block; shelf wear. Provenance: John Ruyle (bookplate); previous owners' signatures on front end paper & second FFEP. Bibliographic analysis suggests this is a Mixed Copy, with elements of the First Edition First Printing and another 1850 printing.
Very Good; Original blind embossed red cloth with bright gilt spine titles, corners bumped, moderate soiling, easily repairable separation of upper right hand edge of the glued-on-spine panel; clean pages except for scattered light foxing, no marks on... Bentley originally published White Jacket in two volumes in January of 1850, followed in March by the first U. S. Publishing by Harper & Bros. As sales were slow, in 1853 Bentley bound the remaining sheets for this and several other Melville books in one and two volume formats, White Jacket being bound as two in one in remainder cloth and dated 1853. This is then the second issue of the first edition, and it is somewhat rare in its original binding and in this condition.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
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