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Moby Dick; or, the Whale
San Francisco: Arion Press, 1979. Moser, Barry. Folio. xvi, 577pp. One of an edition of 265 copies. Hand-set in Goudy Modern, with initial letters, printed in blue at the start of each of 135 chapters, in Leviathan Capitals, a special alphabet designed for the purpose. Printed on Barcham Green's hand-made paper, which has a bluish cast and is unusually soft to the hand. Barry Moser's carefully researched wood-engravings were intended to provide "informative depictions of subjects mentioned by Melville: places, creatures, objects or tools, and processes used in the whaling industry," thus leaving "the Pequod, Ahab, and Moby-Dick described only by Melville's words." The book went into production more than ten years after Robert Grabhorn and Andrew Hoyem began planning it, and more than five years after the first experimental pages were printed. Bound in full-blue morocco with silver titling on the spine. Housed in a blue linen slipcase, which is remarkably unfaded. Scratch to rear cover, else a fine copy.
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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