New York: Random House, 1930. Rockwell Kent. 1st Thus. Small octavo. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #13135
THE EDITION WHICH PUT MOBY DICK ON THE MAP
The reputation of what is arguably the greatest American novel was not established until the printing of this edition, published by Random House in 1930, 80 years after Melville began writing it.
Melville began work on Moby Dick in 1850 and the work was published in 1851 to mixed reviews. Only 500 copies were printed in Britain and 2,915 in America. Neither sold out and three years later 1st Edition copies were still available.
And thus, Moby Dick was relegated to the dust bin of obscurity.
Enter ROCKWELL KENT, one of the most sought-after illustrators of the first half of the 20th century, with a world-wide following. Kent's illustrations were reprinted with permission from the Lakeside Press, which had just produced its own three-volume edition of the seminal classic.
Kent's 280 woodcut Art Deco illustrations, coupled with a superb production by Random House, helped create THE cosummate edition of Moby Dick and launched Melville's novel to iconic status.
xxxi, [i], 822,  pp. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Bound in black cloth over boards with titles and lavish illustration stamped in silver on front and spine. Square tight binding. Clean interior. Dust jacket with mild edge wear and light scuffing to spine edges and a few spots on spine, with more moderate chipping at spine ends. Front jacket flap separated, with minimal loss.
A superior copy of one of the greatest editions published in the 20th century.