Moby Dick or The Whale
Moby Dick or The Whale

MELVILLE, Herman. KENT, Rockwell [illus.]. Moby Dick or The Whale.

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With Rockwell Kent's acclaimed illustrations

MELVILLE, Herman. KENT, Rockwell [illus.]. Moby Dick or The Whale. New York: Random House, 1930.

8vo. Publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board lettered and decorated in gilt; in the original dust wrapper; pp. xxxii; 822; [8]; numerous illustrations and vignettes throughout; slight bruising to tail of spine; minor chipping to tail of spine of wrapper; edges lightly toned; contemporary ink inscription to front fly-leaf; with toned tape-marks to front and final fly-leaves; a near fine copy.
First Rockwell Kent trade edition. The first trade edition of the Kent-illustrated Moby Dick, first published in the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition. Kent's re-imagining has been hailed as a masterpiece of twentieth century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest in a sublime but difficult novel.

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