MELVILLE, HERMAN. 1819-1891.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers & Richard Bentley, 1851. Original blue cloth, Harpers seal and heavy ruled frame in blind on covers, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, orange endpapers, custom red cloth clamshell case. Some faint foxing mainly affecting preliminary and final leaves, one front flyleaf with corner torn, early ownership signature to same flyleaf, endpapers somewhat discolored, covers with corners and head and tail of spine rubbed, some fading and light soiling, a good copy.
First American edition, first binding. Melvilles masterpiece of American literature was ignored at the time of publication, and most of the unsold copies of the book were destroyed in the Harper's warehouse fire of 1853. Copies in fine condition are rarely seen. BAL 13664.