New York: Random House, 1930. Kent, Rockwell. First Edition. Hardcover. First trade edition with Rockwell Kent illustrations, duodecimo size, 859 pp. Very good +. Item #19090801
First trade edition of "Moby Dick" illustrated by Rockwell Kent, and which became an instant success. The Lakeside Press published a limited edition in three volumes with 280 illustrations; this trade edition is in a smaller format and uses 272 of the illustrations. Rockwell Kent was already well-known and his appeal has continued to grow throughout the 20th century, with his work remaining widely collected today. Interestingly, while Melville wrote Moby Dick in 1851, it was almost neglected until Kent elected to illustrate the story; his illustrated version had tremendous success and revived the novel for the 20th century.
___DESCRIPTION: Black cloth boards with silver letting on front and spine, both the front and spine also display Kent's own design of a whale, with the head on the front and the tail on the spine, cream endpapers, replete with Kent's black-and-white pen/brush and ink drawings which made him justly so famous; Monotype Fournier type, duodecimo size (7.25" by 5.5"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xxxi, [xxxii, blank page with small illustration], 1-822, [823, blank], [824, blank with small illustration], [825, Epilogue], [826, blank], [827, colophon].
___CONDITION: Just about near fine, the silver gilt on the front and spine bright with a minimum of rubbing; with a square, strong text block and solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, head and tail of spine gently bumped with again a bare minimum of rubbing at the top joints, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the sole condition issues we see are some toning to the endpapers (mostly at the hinges), the rear board ever so slightly bowed with a few stray marks, the top edge of the text block foxed, and the aforementioned extremely minor rubbing. Overall a wonderful example of a highly desirable book.
___CITATION: Rockwellkentiana, p. 62.
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