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Lot #191
DepartmentBooks
Sold For$3,750.00(hammer price)
 $4,500.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedSeptember 30, 2019

Description

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF MOBY-DICK; OR, THE WHALE
By Herman Melville (N.Y.: Harper & Brothers / London: Richard Bentley, 1851). 635 pp including Epilogue. O. Brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine and embossed circular publisher's device on front and rear boards. Orange endpapers. Six pages of publisher's ads at rear. Newer slipcase.
Although now considered one of the greatest works of American literature, Moby-Dick was widely panned by critics when it first debuted. The first American edition was about 3,000 copies, but the book sold poorly and many unsold copies are believed to have been destroyed in a fire at the publisher's warehouse, making this a very scarce printing.
The Collection of Sam and Donna McDowell.

Condition

Spine somewhat faded with some dulling of gilt. Cover with chipping, bumps and handling wear. Binding split between pages 218 and 219. Typical scattered foxing throughout. Newspaper and other clippings tipped in on endpapers and copyright page. One endpaper a different shade of orange than the others. Some text pages with slight imperfections (chips/very small losses). Collation not verified.

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