MOBY DICK, or The Whale

(Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930).

FIRST OF THE EDITION AND A SUPERB SET OF THIS AMERICAN ARTISTIC AND LITERARY MASTERPIECE. This wonderfully rendered Moby Dick, perhaps the most famous illustrated edition, was wholly designed by Rockwell Kent under the supervision of William A. Kitteredge. This limited edition, has become highly desirable to collectors as it represents one of the great American illustrated books of the twentieth century.
"As Queequeg and I are now fairly embarked in this business of whaling," Melville's narrator begins, "and as this business of whaling has somehow come to be regarded among landsmen as a rather unpoetical and disreputable pursuit; therefore, I am all anxiety to convince ye, ye landsmen, of the injustice hereby done to us hunters of whales." Melville points out the historical accomplishments of whalers ("Often, adventures which Vancouver dedicates three chapters to, these men accounted unworthy of being set down in the ship's common log") and the traditional homage paid to whales ("In one of the mighty triumphs given to a Roman general upon his entering the world's capital, the bones of a whale, brought all the way from the Syrian Coast, were the most conspicuous object in the cymballed procession"), and in general does a fine job of vindicating his profession.
"Oh, the rare old Whale, mid storm and gale
In his ocean home will be
A giant in might, where might is right,
And king of the boundless sea."
Rockwell Kent’s vivid and artistic illustrations make this one of the most attractive editions of Melville’s classic American novel. The end-product speaks for itself and this truly handsome book has become a classic in it own right. Fantastically rendered, it ranks among the finest of illustrated novels. Item #29761

3 volumes. First edition, special issue, limited to 1000 copies only. Beautifully designed and illustrated by Rockwell Kent throughout, with 280 woodcut illustrations by the artist. 4to, publisher’s original full black cloth lettered and decorated in silver after Kent’s designs on spines and upper covers. Each volume also includes its rarely seen original dustjacket of cello with paper tunovers. This set in the publisher's specially made aluminum slipcase which still houses the books very protectively. xxvii, 279; vi, 284; vii, 282 pp. With 280 woodcut illustrations by Rockwell Kent An especially fine and handsome set, one of the best we’ve seen, the spines still extremely bright and clean, the original cello dustjackets still whole and well preserved, A largely unopened set, as pristine.

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