Mardi: and a voyage thither.
In two volumes.
First American edition of Melville’s third book, his first major full-length fiction, an allegorical romance set in the South Seas based on his own experiences there. Mardi was originally published in London earlier the same year. A highly appealing example of the rare original cloth.
2 volumes, octavo (185 122 mm). Original purple cloth, titles and publisher’s device to spines gilt, spines and covers elaborately blocked in blind, yellow surface-paper endpapers. Housed in a custom brown quarter-morocco slipcase and each volume in a separate brown cloth chemise. 8 pages of publisher’s advertisements to the rear of vol. II. Bookplate of Scott Cunningham to front pastedowns. Cloth very slightly rubbed, corners lightly bumped, endpapers oxidised, occasional spotting as usual; vol. I with faint creasing to upper outer corner of a few earlier leaves, pp. 219-238 a touch proud; plate removed from front free endpaper vol. II. Gilt titles bright and the cloth uncommonly clean and fresh. An excellent copy.
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