Mardi: and A Voyage Thither. Herman Melville.
Mardi: and A Voyage Thither.
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 also 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 publisher's blue-green T cloth, elaborately blind-stamped, with gilt title to spine. Corners bumped, some edgewear, light dampstain to lower front cover on Volume I, occasional foxing throughout, as usual. Still, a surprisingly bright and near fine set. The Skiff-Doheny copy with their bookplates. Item #17282

(BAL 13658).

Price: $1,000.00

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