Mardi: and A Voyage Thither.
(Melville, Herman)

Mardi: and A Voyage Thither.

NY: Harper & Brothers, 1849. Two octavo volumes. 365; 387pp., + 8pp. ads. First American edition. Mardi was Melville's third book, and his third on the theme of South Pacific exploration. In the novel, an American sailor deserts his whaling ship in order to pursue his own adventures. At the time of its publication, Mardi was considered a critical failure, but it is now viewed by many as the first novel in which Melville began to develop his characteristic voice as a writer. Bound in blue-green T cloth, elaborately blind-stamped, with gilt title to spine. Corners faintly rubbed, tiny hole to head of spine and slight dampstain to lower front cover on Volume I, occasional foxing throughout, as usual. Despite these very minor faults, this is still a very bright and nearly fine set. The Skiff-Doheny copy with their bookplates. Item #17282

(BAL 13658).

Price: $2,250.00

More Items in: Literature
By This Author: