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Random House, New York 1930 - A lovely copy of Rockwell Kent's illustrated "Moby Dick," published shortly after the three volume Lakeside Press Edition. Book is Fine, bright and square, with all gilt intact and unrubbed. The dust jacket has been well protected, and is Near Fine with a few small nicks at the spine ends, but a superior copy nonetheless. Quite a rare find for this book, which is often in dismal condition. Considered to be one of the most famous illustrated books of the 20th century and a towering example of Rockwell Kent's illustrations.Much has been written about this Melville's masterpiece, but quite simply, this is the most significant work of American literature to come out of the 19th century. Arguments might be made for "The Scarlett Letter," "Huckleberry Finn," Uncle Tom's Cabin," and maybe a few others, but none of them really measures up to the towering genius of "Moby Dick." "'Moby Dick' is not a sea-story - one could not read it as such - it is a medley of noble impassioned thoughts born of the deep, pervaded by a grotesque human interest, owing to the contrast it suggests between the rough realities of the cabin and the forecastle, and the phantasms of men conversing in rich poetry, and strangely moving and acting in that dim weather-worn Nantucket whaler." (London "Contemporary Review," September, 1884). Fine in Near Fine. dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition]
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