MELVILLE, HERMAN Moby-Dick; or, the Whale.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. First American edition, first issue binding, with the circular Harper's device. Original drab purple-brown cloth (BAL's A grain), covers stamped in blind with the publisher's circular device at the center within a heavy blind rule frame, original orange-coated endpapers, housed in a leather-backed clamshell case. 7 3/8 x 5 inches (18.75 x 12.5 cm); -xxiii, , 634,  [1-blank], 6 pp. ads. Fading to the cloth as usual, the spine toned towards brown, upper cover with some minor bubbling or lifting of the cloth, the lower cover generally clean but for some soil at the fore-edge, the cloth at the head and foot of the spine with some minor fraying but unchipped, a few minor abrasions. Within, joints uncracked, intermittent foxing and toning as usual, minute old ink stain just touching the edge of a few leaves at the fore-edge, overall a nice copy with the text block solid and unskewed, apparently a totally unsophisticated example. Name in ink of an early owner, one J. T. McGinnis, on the first and second blank, dated 1852 and 1864.
As is well known, the American edition followed the English by a month, and contains thirty-five passages that were expunged in the English edition, and the Epilogue recounting Ishmael's rescue "It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan." BAL 13664; Grolier American 60; Johnson High Spots 57.
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