First Edition of Herman Melville's Typee
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life. During a Four Months’ Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas.
Item Number: 5493
New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1846.
First edition. Octavo, bound in half morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, titles and tooling to the spine in gilt. In very good condition with some staining to the page edges, page 11 with a small piece missing.
Melville's first and most popular novel during his lifetime, Typee is a provocative and lively account of his exploits in the exotic South Seas during the early 1840s, where he journeyed as a young sailor. "A classic of American literature [and] the pioneer in South Sea romance" (Arthur Stedman).