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MELVILLE Herman.; KENT Rockwell illustrator
Moby Dick or The Whale
1930. Illustrated throughout after ink drawings by Rockwell Kent. 8vo. Original black cloth with bright silver decoration and lettering to front board and spine, original brown pictorial dustwrapper printed in black with blue accents, chip and closed tears to head and foot of spine and one corner, otherwise in very good condition. 822pp. New York, Random House, The first trade edition of the Rockwell Kent illustrated Moby Dick, a publication with significant responsibility for establishing Melville's text as the 'Great American Novel'. Originally published in the same year by The Lakeside Press, as a three volume set with aluminium slipcase in an edition of 1,000 copies. The Lakeside Press set sold out before printing commenced, encouraging the production of this, the trade edition, published in a reduced (and more portable) format by Random House. This edition was of nearly 70,000 copies, however copies in good condition in the original dustwrapper are increasingly scarce. Rockwell Kent was a passionate fan of the novel, and his close and sympathetic reading of the text is wonderfully evident in the rich and copious illustrations. His fame was such and his contribution considered so great to this publication, that Melville's name is not even mentioned on the dustwrapper. Rockwell Kent described Moby Dick's prose as rich and warm, not refined but instead blundering 'through to triumphant success by the dramatic intensity of the visionary mind it serves', a 'literary woodcutting not engraving'. His pen and ink illustrations, artfully drawn to imitate woodcuts, are equally dr … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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