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MOBY-DICK OR THE WHALE
The Lakeside Press, Chicago 1930 - 301 x 217 mm (11 3/4 x 8 1/2"). Three volumes. ONE OF 1,000 COPIES. Original publisher's black cloth decorated and titled in silver, one quarter of the leaves UNOPENED. Housed in fine later dark blue folding cloth box. With more than 250 large and small woodcut illustrations by Rockwell Kent. "The Artist and the Book" 140; Lewis, p. 145; Zigrosser, p. 62. Backstrips slightly and evenly sunned, tiny signs of wear at top of the spines of first two volumes, negligible to light illustration offset, otherwise a very fine copy, the cloth entirely clean, and with no signs of internal use. Not considering the missing aluminum slipcase, this is a beautiful copy of one of the handful of great American illustrated books of the last 100 years. In "The 20th Century Book," John Lewis calls Kent's "Moby Dick" nothing short of "a stupendous piece of illustration." Lewis says that "there is a mystic streak that runs through [Kent's] work, enabling him, if not to match Melville's magnificent prose, at least to give some pictorial substance to this allegory." A painter and illustrator with transcendentalist and mystical tendencies, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) spent much of his career liiving in, visiting, and producing images of rural or remote locations. His paintings of Maine, Alaska, Newfoundland, and Tierra del Fuego helped establish a reputation sufficient to encourage the publisher R. R. Donnelley to approach Kent in 1926 with the request to illustrate an edition of Richard Henry Dana's "Two Years Before the Mast." Kent suggested "Moby Dick" instead, the publisher wisely agreed, and when our limited edition appeared, it sold out immediately (a Random House trade edition was also very well received). Although certainly not obscure, "Moby Dick" was surprisingly less well known at the time of our publication than it is today, and the popularity of the Kent illustrated edition was significant in reinforcing the novel as the classic it is now considered. Because this copy lacks the original aluminum slipcase, it has one obvious shortcoming, but as an extremely well-preserved unopened copy, it is intended to represent a bargain at the price we've set. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
Last Found On: 2015-10-05           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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