San Francisco: The Arion Press, 1995. Barry Moser. 9-7/8 by 6-3/4 inches, 160 pages. The types are Monotype Goudy Modern and handset Goudy Open. The paper is from the Barcham Green Mill in England, handmade in 1978 to the specifications of Arion Press, tinted pale blue, with watermarks of the mill, the press, and of a sperm whale. The frontispiece is printed from a relief block cut by the artist, who has signed each print. The binding has blue goatskin bands at the top and bottom of the cover, with titling stamped in silver, and with blue cloth between. The slipcase is covered in blue cloth, with leather label. Edition of 250 copies. New. Item #CNAP047
Melville is primarily known as a novelist, though critics regard him as one of the most important American poets of the nineteenth century, in the tier just beneath Whitman and Dickinson.
Professor Helen Vendler of Harvard, contributing to her sixth Arion book, has chosen a generous selection of the poems and written an introductory essay that discusses Melville's accomplishment as a poet and how the Civil War and his travels in Europe and the Holy Land provided themes for his writings.
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