MELVILLE, HERMAN Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale.
. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851. First American edition. Modern chestnut brown morocco by Bennett of New York, with a gilt stamped ship motif to the upper cover inlaid in white morocco, spine stamped with nautical motifs, five raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, slipcased. 7 1/8 x 4 1/2 inches (18 x 12 cm); [i-xxiv], 634 pp, , [6 pp. publisher's ads], the original cloth and spine mounted on the terminal binder's blanks. An exceptionally fresh and bright example, most handsomely presented.
"Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world." Grolier, One Hundred Influential American Books, 60; Johnson High Spots of American Literature, 57; BAL 13664.
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