Moby Dick or, The Whale (Paperback)

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By Herman Melville, Barry Moser (Illustrator)
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This is not actually a book about whales or a story of revenge, it is a book about books and a story about stories. It is also one of the most beautifully written English-language books...EVER. Just make sure you've read a complete edition, one that includes the chapter "The Sermon."

— From Will


This trade edition of Moby-Dick is a reduced version of the Arion Press Moby-Dick, which was published in 1979 in a limited edition of 250 copies and has been hailed as a modern masterpiece of bookmaking. It was hand set under the supervision of one of America's finest book designers and printers. The initial letters that begin each chapter were designed especially for this book and christened "Leviathan." The illustrations, of places, creatures, objects or tools, and processes connected with nineteenth-century whaling, are original boxwood engravings by Massachusetts artist Barry Moser. The text of Moby-Dick used in this edition is based on that used in the critical edition of Melville's works published by the Northwestern University Press and the Newberry Library.

This reduced version is smaller in size than the Arion edition and the California deluxe edition, but it includes all of the original pages and illustrations. It is printed in black only throughout, and it is not slipcased.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520045484
ISBN-10: 0520045483
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: August 16th, 1983
Pages: 608
Language: English