My standard advice to all book collectors is to arm themselves with an arsenal of bibliographic reference tools and educate themselves so that they know more about their collecting area than any bookseller they ever encounter. My second piece of advice is to seek out two or three booksellers who are experts in that particular field, and to both patronize them that means buy from them and ask their advice; doing either by itself is ill-advised. Of course, collectors can save a lot of time if they just stop reading right now and begin buying whatever strikes their fancy on eBay or online, never buy a single book from an established bookseller, and never seek advice. Study it carefully before exchanging your hard-earned dollars for whatever Melville books wander into your crosshairs. Finally, consider investing an hour or two of your time reading the prefaces and notes to the Northwestern-Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville, which are full of bibliographic details that update BAL. The sum total of all this effort is far less than the cost of the cheapest Melville first edition, but will make costly mistakes much less likely and will pay perpetual dividends that enhance the pleasures of collecting this literary giant.
Moby Dick by Melville, First Edition
Moby Dick; or, The Whale First Edition - Herman Melville - Bauman Rare Books
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Item : We're sorry, this item has been sold. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Octavo, original stamped green cloth, orange-brown endpapers. Housed in a custom clamshell box. This American edition contains 35 passages and the Epilogue omitted from the English edition The Whale , published in October of the same year; the first American edition appeared in December.
Seller Rating:. First edition, first issue binding, with the circular Harper's device of Melville's masterpiece. Octavo, original 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. A near fine condition with some of the usual light foxing and light shelfwear to the spine tips.