Chicago: The Lakeside Press for Random House, New York 1930.
Octavo, black cloth with bright and clean silver lettering and decorations on front and spine. Illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Rockwell Kent. Worn dust jacket is darkened, with several closed tears and small losses at the base of the spine and front cover. It has been repaired at front flap, backed with acid-free paper, and enclosed in a protective Mylar sleeve. Text block is near fine with some shelf wear; hinges are tight and end papers are clean.
Octavo, black cloth with abraded (but intact) silver lettering and decorations on front and spine. Corners worn, top and bottom of spine are frayed. Illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Rockwell Kent. Lacks dust jacket. Text block is very good, tight and square, free of markings. Top edge darkened, end papers mildly toned and adhesive toning at hinges. Good.
Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1981. Folio, xv + 577 pages. Full dark blue cloth binding with blue end papers and matching slip case. The text and illustrations by Barry Moser were reproduced from the original edition printed and published under the direction of Andrew Hoyem at the Arion Press in San Francisco in 1979 in an edition of 265 copies. This copy, printed by the Kingsport Press, is one of 750 published by the University of California Press in 1981. Fine in a near-fine slip case with minimal shelf wear.
Berkeley, California: the University of California Press, 1981. Quarto, 577 + xv pages. Full blue cloth with spine lettering in silver. White dust jacket with text and illustrations in black. A photographically reduced copy of the original edition of this design produced by the Arion Press of San Francisco and published in 1979. Nominal shelf wear. Near Fine.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1976. Octavo, xix + 585 pages, quarter black cloth with gold lettering and embellishment on spine, gray cloth covered boards with whaling scene in black on front; rose topstain. Dust jacket with text and illustrations on spine and front cover. Text block bright, tight and square. Commentary by Howard Mumford Jones; text and notes by Harrison Hayford and Hershel Parker. Illustrated by Warren Chappel. Fine in a near fine DJ.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1976. Octavo, xix + 585 pages, quarter black cloth with gold lettering and embellishment on spine, gray cloth covered boards with whaling scene in black on front; rose topstain. Dust jacket with text and illustrations on spine and front cover. Text block clean, binding tight, but block has sagged a bit. Commentary by Howard Mumford Jones; text and notes by Harrison Hayford and Hershel Parker. Illustrated by Warren Chappel. Very good
New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1994. Octavo, quarter red cloth with natural canvas covered boards, text in black, and reproduction of one of Mark Summers' scratchboard illustrations mounted to front cover. Decorative end papers. xlix + 651 pages. Text block tight and square, hinges sound. The spine is badly stained and faded, turning a fine copy into something considerably less so.
Shanghai, Shanghai yiwen chubanshe, 1990 (second printing, 1992); A translation of the Modern Library edition of 1930 into Chinese. Full blue cloth with decorative panels and text in gold. Pictorial dust jacket. Text block clean and sound, and illustrated using the Rockwell Kent illustrations from the Random House trade edition. A very good copy in a thin-walled white slipcase somewhat the worse for wear but intact.
Moby Dick (The White Whale)
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Viet-Nam: Trung-Tam Nghien-Cuu, 1964 Vietnamese translation of Moby Dick apparently based on the 1961 New American Library edition. Octavo, irregularly faded tan cloth-covered boards with printed dust wrapper with stylized wave motif. Pages are clean and unmarked; the text block is sound and square, but the hinges are giving way. Presentation inscription in English on FFEP ("by God, Stuart, it is the great American Novel!"), followed by a re-gifting inscription below in English by the original recipient.
Oxford: Oxford University Press for The Limited Editions Club, 1961. Octavo, decorative white cloth over beveled boards with black and gold spine label; spine slightly darkened. Text illustrated with wood engravings by Reynolds Stone. White canvas slip case with black and gold label on spine and beveled edges at the opening, lightly soiled but barely shelf-worn. VG+ text in a VG slip case. Edition of 1,500, of which this is number 973; signed by Reynolds Stone on the colophon.
New York: Harper Collins, 1995. Octavo, maroon cloth with gold embellishments on cover and spine and black and gold spine label. Green unclipped dust jacket with illustration by Maurice Sendak on front panel, one of several such works commissioned for the text. Text block is crisp and square without markings. Fine, as new condition overall.