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MELVILLE, Herman (1819-1891). Moby-Dick; or, the Whale. New York: Harper, 1851. 8o. Original sage green cloth, publisher's device at center of each cover, orange-salmon endpapers (light rubbing and faint spotting to covers, slight wear to fore-corners, front inner hinge a little tender, two-inch crack at bottom of rear inner hinge, light dampstaining at bottom margin of all leaves, the foxing less than normal); cloth case. Provenance: Signatures of Henry B. Williams on title-page (ink) and flyleaf (pencil) who went to California as a Forty-Niner (according to a 1930 letter laid in to the New York bookseller Alvin J. Scheuer giving the provenance).
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, First Binding, following the English edition by a month and containing some thirty-five passages not present in the English. BAL 13664; Grolier American 60. Actually a very good copy in today's market.