Mardi: and a Voyage Thither.
New York: Harper, 1849. 2 volumes, 8vo, 365; xii, -387, 8 (ads) pp. Original black cloth, backstrips lettered in gilt (small chip to vol. I), covers blind-stamped, bookplate in each volume of Walter Leon Sawyer dated Boston 1897. Foxing in both volumes as usual, dark stains on end-papers from paste-down glue. Enclosed in a cloth box. A remarkably good copy, untouched in its box for the better part of a century. § First edition. A pleasant copy of this important work of American literature. BAL 13658. Note: contains what "seems to be the only direct reference in Melville's writings to the California gold rush" [Minnigerode, p.27].
(Item Id: 106346)