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Herman Melville
Narrative of a Four Months' Residence Among the Native of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands; or, a Peep at Polynesian Life
John Murray, 1846. First edition of the literary virtuoso s first book - preceding the American edition that appeared a month later under the more common title, Typee. *** Original blind-stamped and gilt-lettered cloth, frontispiece map, 16 pages of inserted ads at the rear dated March, 1846. The name Pomare spelled correctly on page 19 rather than Pomarea - denoted by BAL as the second issue, but the difference now regarded as a pre-publication state. Fore-margin of E8 very slightly torn without loss, cloth trivially bumped. Lightly penciled owner inscription at the top of the title page, Stephen Cracknell, Nov. 1847. Patina of dustiness, else a sublime, Fine copy the cloth bright and unworn, pages fresh as an ocean breeze. The first printing was 4,048 copies, of which only around 1,500 were issued in cloth. *** Typee was originally submitted to Harper & Brothers in New York, but was rejected on the grounds that it was too fantastic to be true. Melville's brother, Gansevoort, recently appointed Secretary of the American Legation in London, took the manuscript to England and persuaded John Murray to publish it - provided that Melville supply supplemental factual material to make the story seem more realistic. Despite the addition of three chapters(XX, XXI, and XXVII) of such material, many continued to doubt Melville's veracity. Much, however, was eventually done to dispel such doubts, at least in the United States, when on July 1, 1846, the Buffalo, New York, Commercial Advertiser published A Letter from Toby. This was an attestation by Melville's friend and fellow ship-ju … [Click Below for Full Description]
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