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Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981, 2018. Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays that intertwine history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Karen was the winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, she has studied with many notable fine binders. She exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Her masterful bindings wed the ancient art of book binding with the high tech use of the computer to aid her process. Karen designed and constructed this exquisite unique signed binding for this first trade edition of the famous Arion Press's 1979 edition with its striking illustrations by renowned illustrator Barry Moser. Her binding is based on the non-adhesive “clip-on cover” structure developed by UK binder Kathy Abbott. To create this binding the text block is disbound, the outer folios guarded and then sewn with long stitch using blue linen thread into the calf vellum wrapper, covered in limp calf vellum case, with tabbed corners. Hand titling to spine is done in 22k moon gold, with a blue acrylic line applied through stencil along the bottom edges of the front and rear covers. The endpapers are of handmade Ruscombe Mill pale wove paper in a single folio with hooked flexi endleaf. The top edge of the text block is covered with graphite. Karen writes: "The pale vellum references the white whale, and the blue line a turbulent sea. The stark contrast between these elements mirrors the horror steadily building in anticipation of the Pequod’s encounter with Moby Dick. Use of blue inside and out also references the color of the initial caps in the Arion Press and Deluxe California editions of this text." This is an impressive binding that beautifully pays honor to one of the great American novels. Book measures 10.5 x 7 x 1.5 inches. Housed in a dark blue clamshell box with a white gilt and blue title label to spine. In fine condition. FINEBINDING/080618.
[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: G.P. Putnam and Co., 1855. Hardcover. First edition, first issue (with Chapter 14 misstated as Chapter 16). Rare in the original binding. This novel was 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. The novel includes vivid portrayals of actual battles and events of the American Revolution such as the Battle of Bunker Hill, George Washington's rousing speeches, and spying missions for Benjamin Franklin. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed designs to both covers. Head and foot of spine have been expertly repaired with new material added. Darkening to spine. Spots of dampstaining to covers and to margins of most pages, else clean interior. 276 pages. LIT/091218. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1849. Hardcover. First American Edition. This was Melville's third book and his first purely fictional work. It was not a critical success when published but is now considered to have explored philosophical themes and showed his potential. Bound in modern brown leather boards with black title labels to spines. Marbled endpapers. Dampstaining throughout and intermittent foxing. Page repair to page 365 in volume I. Volume I: 365 pages; Volume II: 387 pages plus 8 pages of advertisements. Good+ condition. LIT/081218. 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: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1942. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Bumping to spine ends and corners and minor rubbing to hinges. Browning to front free end paper and paste down as a result of a newspaper article laid in. Article is about Moby Dick and is from the Baltimore Sun. Else is clean and bright with full color illustrations throughout. 540 pages. LIT/112019. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1853. Hardcover. Includes Melville's short story "Cock a Doodle Doo - The Crowing of the Cock Beneventano" on page 77 - 86, Charles Dickens' "School Boy Stories", and chapters 4 - 20 of Thackeray's "The Newcomes." Bound in three quarter black leather with marbled paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges of boards, corners, and hinges. Foxing to interior and occasional small spots of soiling. Illustrated. Lacks four of the six fashion plates and lacks one page of cartoons. 864 pages. PER/090319. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1854. 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, 1855. 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.
Harvard University Press, 1948. Hardcover. "The Journal, which has never been published before, is indispensable toward revealing this rapid growth of Melville ... Mrs. Metcalf, Melville's granddaughter, has with admirable sympathy and scholarship unearthed from the Jouranl all manner of promising material for this period in Melville's life. For the researcher, scholar, or simple enthusiast, her notes provide an abundant harvest of biographical and literary information" (jacket). Brick red cloth boards with black and gilt title to spine. Brown dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to hinges and edges of jacket. Browning to spine panel and rear panel. Clean, bright interior. 189 pages. LIT/050818. Very Good / 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. In original glassine jacket that is heavily chipped and worn with a few loses. 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, 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. One article spanning several pages - "Generations of Fashions" has been removed (pages 749 - 762). Bound in modern grey cloth boards with gilt title and volume number to spine. Spotting to boards and spine. Text pages are clean overall with ocassional soiling throughout. Browning to early and late pages. Dampstaining to margins of several pages, mostly in November issue. Illustrated throughout, but lacks fashion plates. 864 pages. LIT/060619. Very Good.