Lot 237 of 413:
Arion Press Moby Dick  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$7,200
Estimate:
$4,000 - $6,000

Title:
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Author:
Melville, Herman

Place:
San Francisco

Publisher:
Arion Press

Date:
1979

Description:

Illustrated with wood engravings by Barry Moser. (15x10"), full blue Moroccan goatskin, spine lettered in silver, blue cloth slipcase. One of 265 copies printed by Andrew Hoyem at the Arion Press, in handset Goudy Modern on paper handmade by Barcham Green at Hayle Mill.

One of the masterpieces from the Arion Press, a superb printing of this American literary high spot, with striking illustrations drawn and engraved by Barry Moser. William Everson wrote in Fine Print: "Historically, the two great typographical edifices of West Coast printing are the Grabhorn Leaves of Grass and the Nash Divine Comedy. Now the Arion Press Moby-Dick takes its place beside them. This constitutes a feat of craftsmanship unexcelled in modern printing." 


Lot Amendments

Condition:
General light wear to slipcase with some foxing, sunning to edges and spine; some light wear to leather with rubbing to extremities, good amount of wormholing to spine leather with a bit of binding string protruding from one of the holes near bottom of spine; foxing to textblock edges, occasional faint toning to interior; very good.


 
Item number:
308371
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