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Herman Melville, Selected Poems (with Prospectus) - Melville, Herman; Vendler, H - 1995. 
The Arion Press, San Francisco 1995 - No. 154 of 250 (plus an additional 26 copies NFS), with frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by Barry Moser. Herman Melville (1819-1891), although today best remembered for Moby Dick, is considered by many "to be among the greatest American poets of the nineteenth century, ranking him just below Whitman and Dickinson", and this selection shows the variety of his best poetry (N.B., info from book's prospectus). While in many ways this volume was published as a companion piece to the Arion Press publication of Moby Dick, it certainly stands on its own as a remarkable work. ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in navy blue cloth with horizontal bands of navy blue leather along the top and bottom edges, these stamped with silver lettering, frontispiece an engraving of Melville by Barry Moser, signed by him in pencil; type Goudy Modern, printed on handmade Barcham Green paper which bears watermarks of the mill, the press, and of a sperm whale, small quarto in size (approximately 9.75" tall), pagination: (i)-xxiv, (1)-130, colophon (131); limited edition of 250 (plus 26 HC), this no. 154. The book is enclosed in a matching slipcase fully bound in navy blue cloth, blue leather spine label with silver lettering. Loosely laid in are the 7-page publisher's prospectus, a small sample of the handmade paper, and a full-colour postcard announcement, printed on one side only, the other side blank. ***CONDITION: Fine, with the blue binding being deep and true in colour, without sunning, a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings. The publisher's slipcase is also fine, strong and sturdy. The prospectus, paper sample and announcement card are all fine, with no bends, creases or edgewear. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the Abe standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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