"It is not down on any map; true places never are": Rare First Edition Of Herman Melville's Moby Dick
Moby Dick; Or, The Whale.
Item Number: 4454
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851.
First edition. Octavo, original publisher’s brown cloth. A near fine condition with some of the usual light foxing and light shelfwear to the spine tips. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A completely unrestored example of this cornerstone. A superior example.
Initially panned by critics and readers when published in 1851, "in the 20th century Moby Dick would be rediscovered and acknowledged as possibly the greatest of all American novels" (Chronology of American Literature).