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Melville, Herman; Kent, Rockwell (Illustrations)
Moby Dick, or The Whale
New York: Random House, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/good +. Kent, Rockwell. First trade edition with Rockwell Kent illustrations, duodecimo size, 823 p., in original dust jacket. First trade edition of "Moby Dick" illustrated by Rockwell Kent, which became an instant success. The Lakeside Press published a limited edition in three volumes with 280 illustrations; this trade edition is in a smaller format and uses 272 of the illustrations.Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was an American painter and illustrator who bridged the artistic gap between Victorian and Modern art; when "Moby Dick" was published he was already well-known and his appeal has continued to grow throughout the 20th century, his work remains widely collected today. Interestingly, while Melville wrote "Moby Dick" in 1851, it was almost neglected until Kent elected to illustrate the story; his illustrated version had tremendous success and revived the novel for the 20th century.___DESCRIPTION: Black cloth boards with silver letting on front and spine, both the front and spine also display Kent's own design of a whale, with the head on the front and the tail on the spine, cream endpapers, replete with Kent's black-and-white pen/brush and ink drawings which made him justly so famous; duodecimo size (7.25" by 5.5"), 822 pages plus a one-page Epilogue. The unclipped dust jacket mirrors the design on the front panel and on the spine, in black with cobalt blue highlights, and while it displays Kent's name on both front and spine, it does not display Melville's; the back panel of the dust jacket is a publishe … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books [United States]
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