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1 Melville, Herman Billy Budd and Benito Cereno
New York Limited editions club 1965 1st Thus Slip-Case - Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket . Signed by Illustrator
This Limited Editions Club classic contains two short novels by the great Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. The book is in Fine condition but there are couple of tiny, virtually invisible spots of soiling on the spine. as is the slipcase. The slipcase has dusting to the bottom panel. Its spine is sunned and it shows light wear in the form of small scratches or spots. there are very few of them.. There were only 1500 copies of this book produced of which this is number 902. It is signed by the Illustrator. The volume was printed by A. Colish in 1965 at Mount Vernon, New York. The volume is illustrated by Robert Shore and he has signed the colophon in the rear of the book. The book has an extensive introduction by Maxwell Geismar which is not only informative, it is a joy to read. The Limited Editions Club was founded in 1929. It was the creation of George Macy. Its purpose was to create very high quality versions of the classics that were also illustrated by the finest contemporary artists. All Limited Edition Club books are hand signed by the illustrators with a short description of the making of the book on the colophon in the rear of the volume. Only a few were published without a signature because the illustrator had passed away before publication. All LEC books come with a fine decorative slipcase and the great majority of them contain original fine art within.They are finely constructed books printed by the best printers and on fine paper.They are highly collectible. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2 Melville, Herman Omoo
Oxford Limited editions club 1961 1st Thus Slip-Case - Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket 
This is a beautiful classic published by The Limited Editions Club. The book is near fine with a tiny corner chip to the two tops (left and right) of the spine. You really have to look for them. The slipcase is also Very Good with just a touch of soiling from handling and some yellowing from age. There is some fading to the spine. All-in-all I would rate this book at very good to near fine. The title of this book, a sequel to Melville's Typee, was borrowed from the native dialect of the Marquesas Islands. The word signifies a person who wanders, like Melville, from island to island. Melville wished to relate his adventures in the Society Islands and to make people realize the effects promiscuous social intercourse with white men, generally,and missionaries, particularly, had had upon the Polynesians. His point was that the natives were better off before these people came. The Limited Editions Club was founded in 1929. It was the creation of George Macy. Its purpose was to create very high quality versions of the classics that were also illustrated by the finest contemporary artists. All Limited Edition Club books are hand signed by the illustrators with a short description of the making of the book on the colophon in the rear of the volume. Only a few were published without a signature because the illustrator had passed away before publication. All LEC books come with a fine decorative slipcase and the great majority of them contain original fine art within.They are finely constructed books printed by the best printers and on fine paper.They are highly collectible. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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3 Melville, Herman White Jacket
New York Harper 1850 1st/2nd Printing Decorative Cloth Very Good+ No Jacket 
Beautiful copy of the First edition and second state of White Jacket. All points are correct for the second state including the "T" signature on page 433 and the correct "Q" signature on page 361. This copy has been expertly rebacked and the spine color matches the binding color beautifully. There is gold stamping on the spine and the boards are blindstamped in a very intricate and fine design with very litle evidence of rubbing. This is BAL 13662. The textblock is quite clean with sporadic foxing and of course, there is some toning from age. I have had my bookbinder create a custom slipcase to protect this Antiquarian treasure. It is in Brown bookcloth and the opening is trimmed in a deep chocolate leather. The volume makes a fine presentation. The binding is very tight but for a slight separation between the pastedown and the Ffep. It could easily be repaired with a touch of glue. It was the last book he wrote prior to his masterpiece Moby Dick and the novel is approachable and brilliant. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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4 Melville, Herman White Jacket - Northwestern- Newberry
Chicago, IL Northwestern-Newberry 1970 1st/2nd Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
This Hard cover copy of 'White Jacket' is published by Northwestern University Press and is considered to be the authoritive edition of this great novel by Herman Melville. The book contains much bibliographic information regarding the first edition of White Jacket. There is a 96 page editiorial appendix at the rear of the volume. This book is for people who really want specific information on the books that they read. It also contains the full text of White Jacket. There are a couple of library stamps scattered through the book and one on the top-edge. The rear free endpaper is missing, probably torn out by someone trying to disguise the ex-lib nature of the book. The front and rear flaps are attached to the book itself. Having said all that, the book is in excellent condition. The textblock is clean and there is very little soiling to the dustjacket. These Northwestern-Newberry editions of Melville are all considered the best reference possible to his books. I am selling this one because I have an extra copy. This is very much a reference book and that's why I decided to sell it even though it is ex-lib. Apart from the library additions this volume looks brand new and will serve any Herman Melville reader or researcher very well. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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