New York: Random House, 1930. Kent, Rockwell. First Edition. Hardcover. First trade edition with Rockwell Kent illustrations, duodecimo size, 823 p., in original dust jacket. Fine / near fine. Item #18032301
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, his work remains 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; duodecimo size (7.25" by 5.5"), 822 pages plus a one-page Epilogue. The dust jacket mirrors the design on the front panel and on the spine, in black with cobalt blue highlights, and while it displays Kent's name on both front and spine, it does not display Melville's.___CONDITION: Fine overall, the silver gilt on the front and spine bright and unrubbed to the extent that it fairly shimmers; with a square, strong text block and solid hinges, straight corners without rubbing, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the sole condition issues we see are two very small chips to the top edge of the Contents pages which was caused in the binding process, and a light bump to the top front corner, else fine. The unclipped (unpriced) dust jacket is near fine, the colours are deep and true, with some minor wear at both top joints and the bottom from joint, minor wear at the top and bottom of the folds where the flaps meet the panels, and one short closed tear; light toning and perhaps a stray spot or two of light dustiness. Overall a remarkable example.___CITATION: Rockwellkentiana, p. 62.___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please contact seller for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.