TYPEE: A Peep at Polynesian Life, Herman Melville.

TYPEE: A Peep at Polynesian Life,

during a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas; the Revised Edition, with a Sequel. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1876. 7 pp undated ads (primarily for OMOO). Original blind-stamped green cloth.

"The Revised Edition, with a Sequel," later Harper printing. TYPEE was Melville's first book, first published in 1846, a nonfiction (but romanticized) account of his own 1842 experiences as a crewmember on the whaling ship Acushnet, and of the desertion by himself and Richard Tobias ("Toby") Greene at Nukuheva Island in the Marquesas. Melville escaped from the (cannibalistic) Tai Pi people on an Australian merchant ship just a month later; when TYPEE first came out four years later, he still thought "Toby" had succumbed to the Tai Pi -- but soon after publication, the two were reunited. Thus Melville "revised" TYPEE to include "A Sequel" -- "The Story of Toby," which Wiley & Putnam published later in 1846, followed by Melville's new publisher Harper in 1849.

This printing is from 27 years later, but still includes the frontispiece map of the Marquesas, and both the original Preface and the Preface to the Revised Edition. Condition is bright and near-fine (quite light wear at the extremities). See Blanck 13723 for 1849 edition. Item #14712

Price: $250.00

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