19 June 2014,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 118,750
Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000
MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick; or, the Whale. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851.
8o. 6-page publisher's advertisement at end. (Some very pale spotting, mostly at beginning, as usual.) Original blue cloth, publisher's device at center of each cover, orange endpapers, two flyleaves at front and three at end (the slightest wear to two corners, two small areas of cloth buckled on back cover); full green morocco slipcase. Provenance: Frank J. Hogan (bookplate; his sale Part One, Parke-Bernet, 24 January 1945, lot 451); Walter Chrysler (bookplate)
THE EXCEEDINGLY FINE HOGAN-CHRYSLER COPY
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, first binding, following the English edition by a month and containing some thirty-five passages not present in the English edition. BAL 13664; Grolier American 60; Johnson High Spots 57. VERY SCARCE IN SUCH FINE CONDITION.
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