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Melville, Herman.
THE WHALE. LONDON: RICHARD BENTLEY, 1851
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116
Melville, Herman.
THE WHALE. LONDON: RICHARD BENTLEY, 1851
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Melville, Herman.
THE WHALE. LONDON: RICHARD BENTLEY, 1851

8vo (196 x 128mm.), 3 volumes, first edition, half-title in vol. 1, publisher's remainder binding of purple cloth, spines gilt-lettered, covers with blindstamped decoration, yellow-coated endleaves, green buckram slipcase with morocco gilt spine label, matching chemise, two leaves supplied in facsimile: M1 in vol. 1 and F6 in vol. 3, with the original defective leaves laid in, minimal foxing and soiling throughout, rebacked with backstrips laid down, some wear and rubbing, stains on upper portion of front cover of vol. 3 affecting front endpapers


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Provenance

Charles Hays Miller, presentation inscription of verso of front free endpaper in vols. 1 and 3

Literature

BAL 13663; Grolier American 60; Sadleir, Excursions 228; Sadleir, XIX Century Fiction 1685

Catalogue Note

This edition precedes the New York edition by a month and was printed in a edition of 500. The English edition was extensively edited and about thirty-five passages that later appeared in the American edition had been deleted.

Melville's first mention of the composition of Moby-Dick was in a letter to Richard Henry Dana, dated 1 May 1850: "It will be a strange sort of book, tho' I fear; blubber is blubber you know; tho' you may get oil out of it, the poetry runs as hard as sap from a frozen maple tree; - & to cook the thing up, one must needs throw in a little fancy, which from the nature of the thing, must be ungainly as the gambols of the whales themselves. Yet I mean to give the truth of the thing, spite of this" (Letters 108).

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