MELVILLE, HERMAN. 1819-1891.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. xxiii, [1 blank], 634, , [1 blank], [6 ad] pp. 12mo. Original blue cloth, spine gilt-lettered; custom quarter morocco case. Marginal dampstain to first 30 leaves, scattered few spots and a couple of pencil marks, light foxing at ends, endpapers a little edge-worn, inconspicuous rebacking with original spine laid down (two letters of imprint impinged) and repair to tips, light dampstains to lower cover.
First American edition, first binding with publisher's circular device on covers. This copy with orange-brown endpapers. BAL 13664; Grolier American 60.