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MELVILLE, Herman.

Mardi: and a voyage thither.

In two volumes.

New York : 1849 Stock Code: 108265
£3,000.00
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Notes

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.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo (185 x 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.

Illustrations

8 pages of publisher's advertisements to the rear of vol. II.

Condition

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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