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Herman Melville

Rare books by Herman Melville, including first editions, signed first editions and rare and finely bound copies of Moby Dick.

Regularly stocked editions by Melville include the Standard edition of the Collected Works, the first Schaeffer edition and the first Rockwell Kent Trade edition.

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  1. Mardi: and a voyage thither.
    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. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 108265

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  2. i1 
    First edition. Melville's third book, a complex allegorical fantasy. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 15947

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  3. 71774detail
    The standard edition, limited to 750 copies. The Standard Edition was published episodically, and includes, among other pieces, the first edition of the novella Billy Budd, which was discovered in manuscript among Melville's papers that year. Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 71774

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  4. The Works.
    The Standard Edition. Limited to 750 numbered sets signed on behalf of the publishers, of which this is number 250. Volume 13 contains the first edition of the novella Billy Budd, which was discovered in manuscript among Melville's papers in 1919 by Raymond M. Weaver, the author's first biographer. Original receipt of purchase,... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 108786

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  5. 114690detail
    The Standard Edition. Number 63 of 750 sets signed by the publishers. Volume 13 contains the first edition of the novella Billy Budd, which was discovered in manuscript among Melville's papers in 1919 by Raymond M. Weaver, the author's first biographer. Extremely scarce in such a handsome contemporary binding. Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 114690

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  6. Omoo.

    Omoo.

    London: [1926?]

    First UK edition with the Schaeffer illustrations, first impression; originally issued in America by Dodd, Mead, who commissioned a series of classic novels with Schaeffer as illustrator, including Moby Dick, Typee, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Les Misérables. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 103878

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  7. Omoo.
    First Schaeffer edition, first printing. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 50807

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  8. 125472
    First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing. Kent's imagining of Melville's classic, first published the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition, has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest in a sublime but difficult... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 125472

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  9. 120710
    First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets. It is considered one of the finest editions of Melville's masterpiece and one of the great American illustrated books of the 20th century. In 1926 Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), then just beginning to establish his fame as an artist, was approached by R. R. Donnelley and Sons... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 120710

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