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[London]: The Mermaid Theatre, . Paperback. Theatre program. Benito Cereno is the third part of the trilogy "The Old Glory." It is based on a short story by Herman Melville, which was based on a true account of a slave ship. In addition to a list of the cast and crew, the program includes a biography of Lowell, an extract from "Narrative of Voyages and Travels in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere" by Amasa Delano (1817), a biography of Melville, a diagram of the slave ship, a reproduction of an ad for slaves, and an article "Slavery Today" by Patrick Montgomery. Bound in black and white printed wrappers. Includes yellow insert. Unpaginated. [24 pages.] DRA/111716. Fine.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1851. Hardcover. The “Town Ho’s Story” appeared on pages 659-665 in the October 1851 issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. It was the first appearance of any part of the great novel Moby Dick and became chapter 54 in the book. A publisher’s note on page 659 says: “From The Whale, the title of a new work by Mr. Melville, now in the press of Harper and Brothers, and now publishing in London by Mr. Bentley.” The chapter concerns a potential mutiny and the appearance of Moby Dick that thwarted the uprising. It was a first report of the white whale while at sea. The volume is bound in contemporary quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and gilt titling to spine. Light bumping and wear with chipping to edges of paper, but very nice. Interior pages are clean and bright with occasional light foxing and browning. Very good condition. 864 pages. PER/071118. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1847. Hardcover. First American Edition. (Stated Third Edition on the title page; however, this refers to the two English editions published prior.) This story is based on Melville's adventures and experiences during his years at sea between 1839-1844. It has been rebacked with the original boards and modern cloth spine titled in gilt. The original cover features a gilt ship and embossed decoration. Heavy wear to cloth on edges and corners. Small chip to bookcloth on rear board. Original marbled endpapers. Foxing throughout, but heaviest to first and last few pages. 389 pages plus two sets of advertisements. LIT/101918. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1847. Hardcover. First American Edition of Melville's second novel. This story is based on Melville's adventures and experiences during his years at sea between 1839-1844. It has been professionally rebacked in handsome dark green leather with gilt titling and elaborate ornaments to spine. The front cover features a gilt ship and embossed decoration. Wear to cloth on edges and corners. Original marbled endpapers. Foxing throughout, but heaviest to first several pages. With frontis map and text illustration. A nice copy of this literary landmark. 389 pages plus two sets of advertisements. LIT/091919. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1853. Hardcover. “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Herman Melville’s famed short story, was first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam’s Monthly Magazine. It was reprinted with minor textual changes in Piazza Tales in 1856. The story has been called the unquestionable masterpiece of Melville’s short fiction and is among the most noted American short stories. Volume II included July - December 1853. The story appeared on pages 546-557 in November and pages 609-615 in December. Bound in the original green cloth with gilt title to spine. Minor fading to spine, short closed tear to top of front hinge, bumping to corners, and a few spots of soiling to spine. Several splits to binding; although, all pages remain bound. Occasional spots of foxing throughout (heaviest on endpapers) and very occasional notations in pencil. Very good condition. 690 pages. LIT/071118. Very Good.
New York: Dix & Edwards, January - June 1856. Hardcover. This volume contains two of Herman Melville’s less well-known short stories, “I and My Chimney” (pages 269-283) and “The Apple Tree Table: or Original Spiritual Manifestation” (pages 465-475). The stories were not reprinted until 1922 when Princeton University published them in a collection of Melville stories in a limited edition. “The Apple Tree” was unusual for Melville as it is a topical satire of the Spiritualist movement of his time. “I and My Chimney” describes his beloved home Arrowood. Bound in contemporary three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Wear to leather and to boards with bumped corners, rubbing, and scratches. Interior pages are generally very good with occasional foxing, soiling to page edges. Page 20 has a piece neatly cut out. Still a very good copy of a scarce volume. 668 pages. LIT/050918. Very Good.
New York: Dix & Edwards, 1855. Hardcover. Very scarce. The first appearance of Melville’s novella, Benito Cereno, a fictionalized account of a revolt on a Spanish slave ship captained by Cereno. It was published anonymously in the magazine in three parts. A revised version of the story was included in his first and only short story collection, The Piazza Tales, published in the United States in May 1856 and in England that June. It was never reprinted during Melville’s lifetime. This novella has often been considered one of Melville’s finest achievements. It appears in the magazine on pages 353-367, 459-471, and 633-644. Bound in publisher’s original green cloth with embossed design and gilt titling to spine. Minor wear to edges of boards, chipping to cloth along spine ends, fading to spine and edges of boards, and a few discolored spots to spine and boards. Ex-library marking that has been covered over to foot of spine, library call number stamped to several internal page margins, and previous ownership stamp to both front and rear pastedowns. No other ex-library markings. There is a one inch split to the bottom of the front hinge. Interior pages are generally clean, with occasional foxing, smudge marks, small spots of soiling, and browning. Split after title page, but binding remains secure. Otherwise very good condition. 6 x 9.5 inches. 668 pages. LIT/071118. Very Good.
WV: West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, 1962. Black leather spine with title in gilt over paper covered boards. Minor wear to spine ends. Very clean interior with illustrated endpages. Letterpress printed. Illustrated. Tightly bound. Housed in a very good green and white paper covered illustrated slipcase. Wear to edges and joint of case including chipping and spilting to paper. 324 pages. LIT/050718.
New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1847. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this first American printing of Melville's recounting of his voyages in the South Seas. With the sequel "The Story of Toby" on pages 293-307. Expertly rebacked with modern leather spine over original navy blue cloth covered boards. Gilt title to spine. Paper repair to rear free endpaper. Minor wear to edges of boards. Dampstaining and foxing throughout. 307 pages with 23 pages of advertisements to rear. LIT/101119. Very Good -.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1853. Hardcover. This first volume of Putnam's Monthly Magazine includes an article titled "Our Young Authors - Melville," (pages 155-164) and an article "Are We a Good Looking People?" that mentions Melville and other contemporary authors as "handsome and superior-looking men" (page 311). The interesting article on Melville by the magazine's publishers both heaps praise on his early works such as Mardi and Typee, but harshly criticizes his later works Moby Dick and Pierre, citing their "inexcusable insanity." The volume also include "Old Ironsides" by James Fenimore Cooper and a three chapters from Thoreau's "An Excursion to Canada." Bound in later three quarter dark blue leather with green, red, and yellow marbled paper boards. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages are generally clean and bright with occasional browning or light foxing. Very good condition. 6.5 x 9.5 pages. 703 pages. LIT/050418. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1855. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "The Paradise of Bachellors and the Tautarus of Maids" on pages 670 - 678; chapters 39 - 57 of "The Newcomes" by Thackeray; and several short stories by Charles Dickens including: Lawyer's Story, Redeemed Profligate, and Widow's Story. Also includes a 13 page article about dogs titled "The Dog, Described and Illustrated" and a five page article on vampires. Bound in the original black cloth with gilt title to spine and front cover. Embossed decoration to spine and covers. A few chips to book cloth on hinges, covers, and spine ends. A few spots of dampstaining to rear cover. Foxing to interior. Illustrated. Lacks one of the six fashion plates. 864 pages. PER/050618. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes Melville's poems "The March to the Sea" on page 366, "The Cumerland" on page 474, and "Philip" on page 640. Also includes the conclusion of "Our Mutual Friend" by Dickens, "Livingston's Last African Expedition", and chapters from Wilkie Collins "Armadale." Bound in the three quarter black leather over black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear and rubbing to edges, spine ends, and corners. Short closed tears to some pages including title page. Split just after title page, but binding remains secure. Occasional spots of foxing to interior, but clean overall. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/060120. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1856. Hardcover. Includes Melville's "The 'Gees" on pages 507 - 509 (a satire on racism); "A Nightly Scene in London", a brief biography, and chapters 1 - 18 of "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens. Also includes a 17 page article on whales, a retelling of "Cinderella", a futuristic story about the year 3000, and more. Three quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Rubbing and minor wear to boards, spine, and edges. Closed tear to leather along front hinge; however, binding remains tight. Minor dampstaining to bottom edge of front board and bottom and side margins of most pages. Occasional spots of foxing and occasional spots of soiling, but the interior is clean and bright overall. All six fashion plates are present. 864 pages. PER/050618. Very Good.
Limited Editions Club, 1965. Hardcover. Number 1483 of 1500 copies. Signed by the illustrator. Bound in white cloth boards with black title to spine. Small spot of soiling to head of spine. Clean and bright interior. Housed in a white cloth covered slipcase with blue paper covered side panels and blue paper title label to spine panel. Minor wear to edges of case. Light browning to spine panel of case. 176 pages. LIT/050718. Very Good.
New York: Heritage Press, 1965. Hardcover. Bound in white and black cloth boards with black and white title to spine. Light smudge marks to endpapers, else clean and bright interior. Light soiling to white cloth boards. Housed in a red paper covered slipcase. Minor wear and minor soiling to case. 176 pages. Oversized. LIT/050718. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Melville's poem "The March to the Sea" on page 366. Also includes chapters from "Armadale" by Wilkie Collins and "Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum." In the original paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Heavy chipping / loss to paper on spine. Light dampstain to bottom edge of front wrapper and to edges of several other interior pages. Chipping and a few closed tears to edges of wrappers. Rubbing and light soiling to covers. Many pages are unopened. Illustrated. Pages 273 - 408 plus advertisements. PER/050718. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes the first printing of Melville's poem "The Cumberland" on page 474. Also includes chapters from "Armadale" by Wilkie Collins. In the original paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Heavy chipping / loss to paper on top and bottom of spine (about two inches of loss, not affecting the title). Rubbing and light soiling to covers. Occasional spots of foxing to interior. Illustrated. Pages 409 - 544 plus advertisements. PER/050718. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes the first appearance of Melville's poems "Chatanooga" on page 44, "Gettysburg" on page 209 and the conclusion of "Armadale" by Wilkie Collins on page 186. Also includes an eight page article about the little black dogs of Berkshire, an article on army life during the Civil War along the border, one on booksellers, one on the education of colored people in Louisiana, one on "High Days in a Virginian Village", another on the burning of Columbia, and much more. Bound in three quater brown leather with brown cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges, corners, and hinges. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Rear hinge is cracked and text block is partially seperated from binding. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/052220. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes the first appearance of Melville's poem "Gettysburg" on page 209. Also includes chapters from "Armadale" by Wilkie Collins and recollections of the Civil War by a Virginian. In the original paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Chipping / loss to paper on spine. Rubbing and light soiling to rear cover. Closed tear along hinge of rear cover. Occasional spots of foxing to interior. Illustrated. Pages 137 - 272 plus advertisements. PER/050718. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, June-November 1854. Hardcover. This volume contains three early short stories by Herman Melville: "Poor Man's Pudding and Rich Man's Crumbs" (pages 95-101), "The Happy Failure" (pages 196-199), and "The Fiddler" (pages 536-539). They were published anonymously. Includes articles about a lunatic asylum, "idiots", galvanoplasty, gambling houses in Germany, rights and wrongs of woman, wolf nurses in India, several chapters from Thackeray's "Newcomes", and much more. Bound in the original black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. A few chips to book cloth along spine ends, hinges, covers, edges, and corners. Bookplate of George J. Burns to front pastedown. Dark brown offsetting from glue used in binding to endpapers. Text pages are clean overall with scattered foxing and ocassional soiling throughout. Dampstaining to corners of several pages, mostly in June issue. Illustrated throughout. Includes all six fashion plates. 864 pages. LIT/051418. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Col, 1854-1855. Scarce. The first appearance of Israel Potter, Melville’s novel about the Revolutionary War, was published in six parts in Putnam’s Magazine between July 1854 - March 1855. It was published in book form in March 1855. Loosely based on a real person, Israel Potter recounts the life of a young American who fights in the Revolution, is captured at sea by the British Navy, and has a series of adventures in England involving King George III, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, and Ethan Allen. The work ends sadly, with Potter exiled in poverty in England for fifty years, finally returning to America shortly before his death. The book was a commercial failure in its time but garnered critical appreciation. Volume IV also includes Melville’s “The Lightning-Rod Man.” Both volumes are bound in the original green cloth with embossed designs to covers and gilt titling to spine. Volume IV is stained, bumped, and rubbed, with faded gilt design and titling to spine. Remnants of spine label, hole in back cover not affecting interior and small tears to joint. Ownership stamp of D.F. Tillinghast to front and rear pastedowns. Interior pages clean and bright with age darkening to some pages. Covers of Volume V have soiling and bumping. Foxing to endpapers and occasional light foxing to text pages but otherwise clean and bright. Overall in very good condition. Volume IV: 672 pages; Volume V: 668 pages. LIT/.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1854. Hardcover. The first appearance of Melville’s novella, The Encantadas, appeared in three parts in Putnam’s Monthly Magazine in March, April, and May of 1854. It was published under the pseudonym Salvator R. Tarnmoor. It was later included in Piazza Tales, his only collection of short stories. Neither the book nor the individual stories were reprinted in Melville’s lifetime. This work, a series of philosophical “sketches” draw from Melville’s whaling years. It was the most critically successful of the works in Piazza Tales. Bound in publisher’s original green cloth with embossed design to covers and gilt titling to spine. Cloth is worn and frayed, with bumping to edges, tears to spine edges. Foxing to endpapers and on several interior pages. The text pages for The Encantadas are clean and bright: 311-319; 345-355; 460-466. Very good despite noted flaws. 684 pages. LIT/050418. Very Good.