A classic tale of seafaring, shipwreck, and survival, reprinted from Wesleyan University Press's 1978 facsimile of the original.A classic tale of seafaring, shipwreck, and survival, reprinted from Wesleyan University Press's 1978 facsimile of the original.Read Less
Near Fine to Fine in Very Good+ jacket. 281 page hardcover in a VERY attractive/durable full-cloth binding, includes an illustrated frontispiece-title page, and a lot of Mr. Kent's excellent interior illustrations (a couple of them are maps). This is a facsimile of the Brewer & Warren 1st trade edition of the book, published in 1930. "Rockwell Kent, artist, author, adventurer, voyaged north-by-east towards Greenland. The expedition, undertaken with two companions, ended in disaster. A sudden storm, sweeping down from the ice cap beyond, overcame the tiny sailing craft as she lay in a precipitously walled Greenland fjord-safe, the mariners had thought, after the long ice-contested passage from Nova Scotia and the Labrador. But the loss of the ship ended not at all the happy adventure. Indeed, the subsequent escape from death, the partial salvaging of the Direction and the glorious days in Greenland, form chapters quite as alluring as the record of the voyage itself. In N BY E, the story of this expedition, Kent caught in words and pictures the challenging beauty of this far rugged country just as he caught the spirit of the Eskimos and of the friendly Danes who did so much for him-and, of course, the sea, angry or benign, which he had known from Alaska to Cape Horn." Excellent copy: two tiny spots on lower edge of back board, two tiny spots on lower edge of page block else the book is as new with NO markings throughout. The dj's spine is a little faded/light bumping at head and heel/minor chipping at head, one faint stain on back/couple VERY small/faint stains on front, rear flap hinge has some chipping. Otherwise it's in excellent condition, also, and very attractive. NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, NOT a remainder, dj NOT price-clipped ("$12.50"). Near Fine to Fine in Very Good+ dj.
Illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 0819550183. Sound binding and hinges. Clean, off-white pages. Cloth over boards is lightly edge rubbed. DJ has clipped corner, tanning at spine, edge wear heaviest at top and bottom of spine, overall shelf wear.; Record of the author's voage north-by-east across Davis Strait toward Greenland. Facsimile reprint of the Brewer & Warren edition.; Wood block print; 8.5" tall; 281 pages.
For decades, I have treasured my Modern Library edition of MOBY DICK, illustrated by Rockwell Kent. I finally decided to see what kind of book Mr. Kent would write for himself. The book did not disappoint in terms of illustrations: they are classic Kent and purely wonderful, and there are plenty of them. The prose, however, was very odd. Not bad, not boring...just odd. The story is of a voyage from Labrador to Greenland in a small boat. The conception, preparation, and execution of the voyage is related in very short, impressionistic, almost haiku-like chapters. Kent did not like the "mate"on the voyage, who was chosen by the "captain", whom Kent professed to admire, but then proceeds to almost completely ignore. I almost thought Kent was trying to be avant garde and impressionistic, but for my taste, he comes across as somewhat fussy and snarky. I came away glad that I had bought a new set of his illustrations, but thinking that perhaps he should have stuck to illustration and left the narrative to others.
Sep 1, 2011
Classic adventure exquisitely illustrated
Rockwell Kent was one of the finest woodblock artists of the Twentieth Century. He was also a superlative story teller, here of his 1920s sailing voyage via Labrador and Newfoundland to and shipwreck in Greenland. Danger, adventure, rescue--novel and generous strangers. N by E combines the best of both his spacious and precise woodblocks and drawings and of his roving narration.
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