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MELVILLE, Herman.

Mardi: and a voyage thither.

In two volumes.

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849 Stock Code: 142642
£3,250.00
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An unusually fresh copy in the original cloth

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. This is an exceptionally fresh copy in the original cloth.

Mardi was originally published in London earlier the same year.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo. 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 navy blue morocco backed bookform slipcase and chemises.

Illustrations

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

Condition

An exceptionally sharp copy, cloth fresh with only the slightest rubbed, endpapers with some oxidisation to the photographic endpapers as usual, only a little and very faint spotting within, both volumes entirely sound, excellent condition overall.

Bibliography

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