Moby Dick; or, The Whale by Herman MelvilleMoby Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Moby Dick; or, The Whale

byHerman MelvilleIllustratorBarry Moser

Paperback | August 16, 1983

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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.
Title:Moby Dick; or, The WhaleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.7 inPublished:August 16, 1983Publisher:University of California Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520045483

ISBN - 13:9780520045484

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Customer Reviews of Moby Dick; or, The Whale


Rated 5 out of 5 by from typographical beauty, stunning imagination moby dick is best seen as a collection of small essays on well... almost everything, which happen to be connected into a loose narrative. melville's scope is boggling, and once you get used to the language it soars like poetry. typographically this is a work of stark beauty. photographically reproduced from a limited-edition version of the late 70's, the hand-set font and sparse illustrations fit melville's sprawling imagination.the cover is of course white, and there's plenty of white space throughout. moser's engravings are in stark contrast to his more recent work on the pennyworth-caxton bible- much more "primitive", they work well with the text and detail only things mechanical or organic, rather than characters or scenes in the book. in all an excellent version of a work of staggering imagination and talent.
Date published: 1999-12-26

From Our Editors

The text of Moby-Dick used in this edition is based on the version prepared by Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle. Now this magnificent typographic and illustrated edition of the great American novel is available for the general reader and student, for the family library, and for all lovers of beautiful books.

Editorial Reviews

"Historically, the two great typographical edifices of West Coast printing are the Grabhorn "Leaves of Grass and the Nash "Divine Comedy. Now the Arion Press "Moby Dick takes its place beside them. . .It is the textual weft of hand composition that forms the chief glory of this work. Hoyem seems to have found the perfect measure to accommodate text to type. We turn page after page of matchless composition. . .as the magical result. I would venture the opinion that this constitutes a feat of modern craftsmanship unexcelled in modern printing."--"Fine Print