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Mardi: and a Voyage Thither. Herman MELVILLE.
Mardi: and a Voyage Thither

Mardi: and a Voyage Thither

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849. 2 volumes, 8vo. 8-page publisher's advertisement at end of vol. 2.

Publisher's brown cloth, covers blocked in blind, spines lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers. Housed in a brown cloth box.

First American edition of Melville's third novel.

Unlike his first two novels, here Melville's sea-going narrative adopts metaphorical allegories and parallel commentary, themes he would explore further in Moby Dick published two years later. In a letter to the English publisher John Murray dated 25 March 1848, Melville described Mardi: "The work I shall next publish will in downright earnest [be] a 'Romance of Polynesian Adventure'-…the reiterated imputation of being a romance in disguise has at last pricked me into a resolution to show those who may take any interest in the matter, that a real romance of mine is no Typee or Omoo, & is made of different stuff altogether. [It] is no dish water nor its model borrowed from the Circulating Library" (quoted by Davis & Gilman).

BAL 13658; Davis & Gilman 70; Sadleir, Excursions 225.

Item #38987

Price: $2,400.00

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