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(KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman.

Moby Dick or The Whale.

The Lakeside Press, Chicago , 1930 Stock Code: 120710
£6,750.00
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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 to illustrate a new edition of Richard Henry Dana's Two Years Before the Mast. Kent demurred, suggesting Moby Dick instead. Kent was given complete freedom to design and illustrate the three-volume set. The resulting work has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest in a sublime but difficult novel.

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Description

3 volumes, quarto. Original black cloth, decoration to the front boards and titles to spines in silver, top edges black, others uncut. Vol. II with the original clear plastic dust jackets with paper flaps. With the aluminium slipcase.

Illustrations

Illustrated throughout by Rockwell Kent.

Condition

Spines a little faded, a couple of light marks to covers. An excellent set.

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