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Moby-Dick or, the Whale

Moby-Dick or, the Whale - 79 edition

ISBN13: 978-0520045484

Cover of Moby-Dick or, the Whale 79 (ISBN 978-0520045484)
ISBN13: 978-0520045484
ISBN10: 0520045483
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 79
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 1979
International: No

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Moby-Dick or, the Whale - 79 edition

ISBN13: 978-0520045484

Herman Melville and Barry Moser

ISBN13: 978-0520045484
ISBN10: 0520045483
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 79
Publisher: University of California Press

Published: 1979
International: No
Summary

This trade edition of Moby-Dick is a reduced version of the Arion Press Moby-Dick, which was published in 1979 in a limited edition of 250 copies and has been hailed as a modern masterpiece of bookmaking. It was hand set under the supervision of one of America's finest book designers and printers. The initial letters that begin each chapter were designed especially for this book and christened ''Leviathan.'' The illustrations, of places, creatures, objects or tools, and processes connected with nineteenth-century whaling, are original boxwood engravings by Massachusetts artist Barry Moser. The text of Moby-Dick used in this edition is based on that used in the critical edition of Melville's works published by the Northwestern University Press and the Newberry Library. This reduced version is smaller in size than the Arion edition and the California deluxe edition, but it includes all of the original pages and illustrations. It is printed in black only throughout, and it is not slipcased.

Author Bio

Herman Melville was Born in New York, the son of a merchant, and was largely self-educated. He started writing after having first sailed to Liverpool in 1839, where he joined the whaler Acushnet bound for the Pacific. Deserting the ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as an ordinary seaman to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures, including Moby-Dick, won him immediate success. This literary attention soon faded, however, as his works' complexity increasingly alienated readers. Melville died virtually forgotten in 1891. and it was not until the 1920s that he received recognition as a key figure in American literature Nathaniel Philbrick, A Leading authority on the history of Nantucket, is director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association

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