OMOO: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas. Herman Melville.
OMOO: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas.

OMOO: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas.

Third Edition. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1847. 8 pp undated ads (in addition to the 9 pp integral "Publishers' Advertisement" ads, numbered [xv]-xxiii). Original blind-stamped black cloth with gilt-decorated spine.

"Third Edition," which is to say, the third printing of the First American Edition (which came out about a week or two after Murray's edition in London). Harper's first printing was issued during the first ten days of April 1847, and the "fourth thousand" (which may have been the second or third printing) was out at the end of May. This was Melville's second book, preceded only by (and written as a sequel to) TYPEE of the year before.

The binding for this third printing appears to fit (in style)between the primary and secondary bindings that Blanck cites for the first printing in cloth: black vertically-ribbed cloth, the covers ornately blind-stamped but with no gold ship, the spine gilt-decorated (similar to but different from the primary spine) with all the information as appears on the primary binding (though "Harper & Brothers" is barely visible at the foot), plain endpapers.

It is in very good condition, with repair at the spine ends and rear joint; the front free endpaper appears to be excised, though there remains an original flyleaf there. The frontispiece map has a marginal stain at the top (not affecting the image), and the title leaf bears two blind-stamps (top and bottom) of a private collector. (As always there is some foxing, not a lot, on this 1847 paper.) See Blanck 13656. Item #14710

Price: $775.00

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