“It is not down on any map; true places never are": Rare First Edition Of Moby Dick
Moby Dick; Or, The Whale.
Item Number: 4661
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851.
First edition, first issue binding. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth, original orange endpapers. An unrestored very good example with some of a few small chips to the foot of the spine and some of the usual foxing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A completely unrestored example to this cornerstone in American literature.
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).