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BENITO CERENO
London The Nonesuch Press 1926 - FIRST NONESUCH EDITION, LIMITED EDITION, one of 1650 hand-numbered copies. Illustrated by Edward McKnight Kauffer with a frontispiece and six plates, all hand coloured with the use of stencils. 4to, publisher's original red buckram, gilt lettered on the spine, and in the original dustjacket of gray Ingres paper lettered by stencil in blue. 124, [1] pp. A very fine copy, the book essentially pristine, the scarce jacket in excellent condition with just a bit of the most minor unobtrusive edge wrinkling or evidence of shelving. FIRST NONESUCH PRINTING AND A VERY HANDSOMELY ILLUSTRATED LIMITED EDITION. The printing of Melville's still much-debated novella of a black slave revolt aboard ship. The fine quality production features text, reproduced from the 1856 first edition of The Piazza Tales, printed in the Walbaum type on gray Van Gelder paper at the Curwen Press. American artist Edward McKnight Kauffer's frontispiece and six plates were printed on the same paper with the pictures hand-coloured through stencils. Kauffer was noted for his avant garde graphic design and poster art, especially the 140 posters that he produced for London Underground. In writing the novella Melville drew almost exclusively on the memoir of the real Captain Amasa Delano, whom Melville depicts as the main protagonist and focal character. Delano recounts how in 1805, his vessel 'Perseverance' encountered the Spanish 'Tryal', a ship whose slaves had overthrown the Spanish sailors. Melville's narrative closely follows the actual event. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. ABAA]
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