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Melville, Herman

American writer Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851), which can also be found titled as The Whale (1851), is the epic story of Captain Ahab and his voyage in pursuit of the great white whale Moby Dick.  Melville’s Moby-Dick is revered as one of the Great American novels, especially of the American Romanticism time period.  Melville similarly wrote a number of poems and short stories, which granted the writer acclaim and recognition from his peers. He was the first writer to have his works collected and published by the Library of America.

A true first edition of Melville’s historical sea adventure Moby-Dick (titled The Whale) (1851)published in London by Richard Bentley in 1851 sold at auction for $53,775.00 in June, 2008.  This three-volume, first edition set was edited to some extent by Bentley, unbeknownst to Melville, to tone down profanity and correct alleged irreverent references. Other first edition copies of Moby-Dick sold for $11,352.50 in September, 2011;$17,925.00 in October, 2007 and $23,900.00 in October, 2008 through Heritage Auctions.  Although Moby-Dick was Melville’s prized work, other items such asMardi: And A Voyage Thither (1849) have sold at auction in 2010 for $2,031.50 as well as a first edition copy of Piazza Tales, which contain one of his most famous short stories, Bartleby, whichsold for $1,187.50 in 2013.

Melville, Herman. Typee. John Murray, London (1846). Narrative of a Four Months Residence Among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands or, A Peep at Polynesian Life; first and second issue has p 19 line 1 reading 'Pomare'; illustrated with photographs; Total edition 4048 copies, 2500 in wrappers

Melville, Herman. Typee. Wiley and Putnam, New York (1846). a Peep at Polynesian Life. During a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesa; 2 parts in one; Total edition of 2000 copies, 500 clothbound, 1500 paper wrappers

Melville, Herman. Omoo. John Murray, London, England (1847). A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas; sequel to Typee; map and illustrations; 2 parts in 1

Melville, Herman. Omoo. Harper & Brothers, New York (1847). A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas; first US edition; sequel to Typee; map and illustrations; 2 parts in 1

Melville, Herman. Typee. Wiley & Putnam, New York (1847). A Peep at Polynesian Life. During a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas; the Revised Edition, with a Sequel.; Sequel : The Story of Toby; 4th printing

Melville, Herman. Typee. John Murray, London (1847). or, A Narrative of a Four Months' Residence Among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands; or, A Peep at Polynesian Life, by Herman Melville.

Melville, Herman. Mardi. Richard Bentley, London (1849). UK edition (precedes US edition); 3 volumes

Melville, Herman. Mardi. Harper & Bros, New York (1849). And a Voyage Thither; US edition; 2 volumes

Melville, Herman. Redburn. Harper & Brothers, New York (1849). His First Voyage. Being the sailor Boy Confessions and Reminiscences of the song of a Gentleman in the Merchant Service; US edition; 4500 copies printed

Melville, Herman. Redburn. Richard Bentley, London (1849). His First Voyage. Being the sailor Boy Confessions and Reminiscences of the song of a Gentleman in the Merchant Service; UK Edition; 2 volumes

Melville, Herman. Typee. Harper & Brothers, New York (1849). A Peep at Polynesian Life during a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas; the revised edition, with a sequel;

MELVILLE, Herman). Harper's Monthly. Harper & Brothers, New York (1850). Harper's Monthly: Vol I-V June1850-Nov1852; first printing of a story from Moby Dick; No. XVII, October, 1851, Vol. III, the opening chapter of the classic, here entitled, The Town-Ho's Story

Melville, Herman. Redburn. Harper & Brothers, New York (1850). His First Voyage. Being the Sailor-boy Confessions and Reminiscences of the Son-of-Gentleman, in the Merchant Services.;

Melville, Herman. White Jacket. Richard Bentley, London (1850). or the World In a Man-Of-War.

Melville, Herman. White-Jacket. Harper & Brothers, New York (1850). or the World In a Man-Of-War.

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Harper & Brothers, New York (1851). or, The Whale

Melville, Herman. Pierre. Harper & Brothers, New York (1852). or, the Ambiguities

Melville, Herman.. White Jacket. Richard Bentley, London (1853). or, The World in a Man-of-War; second issue; 2 volumes

Melville, Herman. Israel Potter. G.P. Putnam & Co., New York (1855). His Fifty Years of Exile; first issue with Chapter 14 misnumbered XVI; 1400 copies printed

Melville, Herman. Typee. Harper & Brothers, New York (1855). A Peep at Polynesian Life During a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas; The Revised Edition, with a Sequel.

Melville, Herman. The Confidence-Man. Dix, Edwards & Co., New York (1857). His Masquerade; simultaneous with London edition

Melville, Herman. Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War. Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York (1866). Poetry; 1250 copies printed

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Dodd, Mead and Co., New York, (1922). or, The Whale; Illustrated edition

Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick. Oxford University/Humphrey Milfo (1922). or, The Whale

Melville, Herman. The Works. Constable and Company Ltd, London (1922). 16 volumes; Standard Edition Limited to 750 copies

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Hodder and Stoughton, London (1923). Or, The White Whale; Illustrated by Mead Schaeffer with 12 colour plates

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Jonathan Cape (1923).

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Dodd, Mead and Company, New York (1923). Or, The White Whale; illustrated with 11 colour plates by Mead Schaeffer

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Grosset & Dunlap, New York (1925). Photoplay The Sea Beast; of the 1925 silent film

Melville, Herman. Benito Cereno. The Nonesuch Press, London (1926). Illustrated by E. McKnight Kauffer with 7 hand-coloured illustrations; limited to 1650 numbered copies

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Cassell, London (1930). Or, the Whale; Illustrated with woodcuts by Kent Rockwell

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Random House, New York (1930). Or, the Whale; Illustrated by Kent Rockwell with 200%2B drawings; trade edition

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. The Lakeside Press, Chicago (1930). Or, The Whale; Illustrated with 280 woodcut illustrations by Rockwell Kent; 3 volumes; 1000 copies;

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Grosset & Dunlap, New York (1930). or, The White Whale; Second edition; Reprint of the 1925 edition illustrated with new film stills of the 1930 remake of the film 'The Sea Beast'

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London (1930). or, The White Whale; Illustrated with colour plates by Mead Schaeffer

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. John C. Winston Co., Philadelphia (1931). or, The White Whale; Illustrated by Anton Otto Fischer; Introduction by William McFee and notes by M. Dodge Holmes; Thirteen full page color illustrations on glossy paper, including frontis. Limited numbered edition, 188 copies

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Grosset & Dunlap, New York (1934). Photoplay; 1934 Vitaphone talking motion picture remake of Moby dick; illustrated with 10 scenes from the film

Melville, Herman. Typee. The Limited Editions Club, New York (1935). Introduction by Raymond Weaver; Illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias; A Romance of the South Seas; Limited Edition of 1500 copies signed by illustrator

Melville. Herman. Moby Dick. Random House, New York (1937). Illustrations by Rockwell Kent; 2nd trade edition; deluxe Edition

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. (1939). Translated by Jean Giono, Lucien Jacques & Joan Smith; 1st french translation

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. The Heritage Press. New York (1943). or, The White Whale; Introduction by Clifton Fadiman; Illustrated by Boardman Robinson with 8 full-page colour plates, and 16 mono photogravures

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. The Limited Editions Club, New York (1943). or, The Whale; Introduction by Clifton Fadiman; Illustrated by Boardman Robinson; Limited edition of 1500 numbered copies signed by illustrator; 2 volumes

Melville, Herman. Benito Cereno. Lafarge (1946). Translated into French by Pierre Leiris; 11 illustrations by Patrick de Manceau

Melville, Herman. On the Slain Collegians. Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York (1971). Selections from the poems of Herman Melville; Edited, and with woodcuts, by Antonio Frasconi; 1000 numbered copies signed by Frasconi

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Franklin Library (1974). or, The Whale

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Random House, New York (1975). Illustrated with 12 full colour double-page illustrations by Larry Neiman; Preface by Jacques-Yves Cousteau; The Artist's Limited Edition: 1500 numbered copies signed by Neiman and Cousteau

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. The Easton Press, Connecticut (1977). Or, The Whale;

Melville, Herman.. Moby Dick. Arion Press, San Francisco (1979). or, The Whale; Illustrated with 100 wood engravings by Barry Moser; 250 numbered copies signed by Moser

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. University of California Press, Berkeley (1981). Or, The Whale; Illustrated by Barry Moser

Melville, Herman. Rock Rodondo. Red Angel Press, Bremen, Maine and New York (1981). Sketches Third & Fourth of The Encantadas; Illustrated by Ronald Keller; 100 numbered copies signed by artist;

Melville, Herman. The Lightning-Rod Man. The Daedalus Press, Minneapolis, MN (1982). Illustrations by Michael McCurdy; Foreword by Martin Roth; total edition of 80, 20 copies include 3 additional signed woodcuts; signed by illustrator

Melville, Herman. Bartleby The Scrivener. Indulgence Press, Minneapolis (1995). A Story of Wall-Street; Total edition limited to 126 copies, 100 numbered copies, 26 lettered copies which were never finished

Melville, Herman.. Pierre. HarperCollins, New York, New York (1995). or The Ambiguities.; Edited by Hershel Parker; Illustrated by Maurice Sendack

Melville, Herman. Selected Poems. Arion Press, San Francisco (1995). Engravings by Barry Moser; Total edition of 276 copies; 250 numbered copies; 26 lettered copies; signed by the artist

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. The Folio Society, London (2009). Illustrations by Rockwell Kent; Commentary by Harold Braver; Limited Edition of 1750 numbered copies