London: Constable [through 1924], 1922. First Edition thus. Decorative Cloth. Limited Edition (one of only 750 copies printed) of Melville's second novel, first published by John Murray, in London, on March 30, 1847. Royal 8vo (226 x 142mm): xiv,375,pp. Publisher's slate-blue cloth, spine and covers paneled in blind, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed, coated maroon end papers, title page in French blue and black. An excellent example, firmly bound, spine barely lightened, text clean and crisp throughout. BAL 13680. Hill 1137 (first Edition). Fine. Item #BB2119
Volume II of the 16-volume Works of Herman Melville, Standard Edition, publication of which marked a key event in the Melville revival of the 1920s, rescuing the neglected writer from obscurity and securing him a prominent place in the American literary canon. Omoo, the sequel to Melville's first novel, Typee, is based on his experiences in the South Pacific, and tells of the narrator’s participation in a mutiny on a whale ship and his subsequent wanderings in Tahiti. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).