Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Illustrated Moby-Dick

On February 23, Swann Galleries sold a copy of this 1979 limited edition (250 unnumbered copies) of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick with woodcut illustrations by Barry Moser. I've never seen a copy, but it certainly appears to be a beautifully designed and illustrated book.

Sale 2269 Lot 25

Feb 23 2012 13:30 
(ARION PRESS.) Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick, or, The Whale. Printed in blue and black on handmade paper bearing a whale watermark. 100 woodcut illustrations by Barry Moser. Folio, full blue Moroccan goatskin, spine slightly but evenly darkened, joints and ends lightly rubbed; internally clean; blue cloth slipcase, unevenly faded and with some surface marks. San Francisco, 1979 

Estimate $5,000-7,500  
Sold for $8,500

one of 250 unnumbered copies of the first trade edition of the Arion Press edition, designed by Andrew Hoyem. One of the greatest achievements in modern bookmaking.


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