1922 Rare 1stED illustrated by Mead Schaeffer - MOBY DICK or The White Whale by Herman Melville.
Author: Melville, Herman. (Mead Schaeffer, Illustrator).
Title: MOBY DICK or THE WHITE WHALE.
Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1922. First edition illustrated by Mead Schaeffer.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 9.5 " X 7.5 ".
Pages: 539 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good original full black cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown, gilt on spine faded and spine sunned - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Top edge gilt.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean - as shown, small stain on the last endpaper - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the 12 very beautiful full-page color plates by Mead Schaeffer.
The book: Rare First edition illustrated by Mead Schaeffer of Moby Dick published by Dodd, Mead and Company. A rare find in any condition!
The author: Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. His best-known works include Typee (1846), a romantic account of his experiences in Polynesian life, and his whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851). His work was almost forgotten during his last thirty years. His writing draws on his experience at sea as a common sailor, exploration of literature and philosophy, and engagement in the contradictions of American society in a period of rapid change. He developed a complex, baroque style: the vocabulary is rich and original, a strong sense of rhythm infuses the elaborate sentences, the imagery is often mystical or ironic, and the abundance of allusion extends to biblical scripture, myth, philosophy, literature, and the visual arts.
The illustrator: Mead Schaeffer (July 15, 1898 – November 6, 1980) was an American illustrator active from the early to middle twentieth century. In 1922, at age 24, he was hired to illustrate a series of classic novels for publisher Dodd Mead. His work for Dodd Mead continued until 1930. The books that he illustrated during this period included Moby-Dick, Typee, and Omoo by Herman Melville; The Count of Monte Cristo; and Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
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