Melville's Moby Dick

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Connections between Herman Melville (1819-1891) and Princeton University began in the eighteenth century, with his grandfather Major Thomas Melvill (1751-1832) graduating with Princeton class of 1769. His uncle Peter Gansevoort (1788-1876) followed in the class of 1808. To celebrate the centenary of Moby Dick in 1951, Firestone Library mounted a Melville extravaganza featuring dozens of the significant holdings, detailed in a catalogue compiled by Howard C. Rice, Jr., Alexander D. Wainwright, Julie Hudson, and Alexander P. Clark.

Melville and Moby Dick continue to make connections with our students, as AMS 353/ENG 355 “Moby-Dick Unbound” taught by Professor William Howarth begins this week. It is a good excuse to post a few of the dozens of editions available to researchers through rare books and special collections.

Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby Dick; or, The Whale … illustrated by Rockwell Kent (Chicago, The Lakeside press, 1930). “One thousand copies have been printed”—Colophon. Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) Oversize PS2384 .M6 1930q. Rockwell Kent (c) Plattsburgh State Art Museum.

Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby-Dick, or, The Whale (San Francisco: Arion Press, 1979). Illustrations engraved by Barry Moser. Edition limited to 265 copies. Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) Oversize Z232.A74 M44 1979f

Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby Dick, oder Der weisse Wal / aus dem Englischen übertragen von M. Möckli von Seggern; Illustrationen von Otto Tschumi (Zürich: Büchergilde Gutenberg, 1942). Rare Books (Ex) 3854.9.364.8

Jeremiah N. Reynolds (1799-1858), Mocha Dick, or The White Whale of the Pacific (London: Glasgow: Cameron & Ferguson, [1870?]). Rare Books (Ex) 3906.39.364.1900

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Excellent! Thank you for posting these pictures.