am my own soul's emperor; and my first act is abdication! Hail! realm of
shades!" -- and turning my prow into the racing tide, which seized
me like a hand omnipotent, I darted through.
foam, the outer ocean lashed the clouds; and straight in my white wake,
headlong dashed a shallop, three fixed specters leaning o'er its prow:
three arrows poising. And thus, pursuers and pursued flew on, over an
Herman. Mardi: and a Voyage Hither. New York: Harper & Brothers,
1849. Octavo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Two volumes. $3800.
First American edition of Melville's
third book, containing the first glimpses of the rich symbolism and
allegorical style that would later be more fully developed in Moby
Dick. Provenance: with bookplates of Albert Henry Wiggin, the noted
book collector and famous Boston and New York banker who was considered
for Time's Man of the Year for 1930 for his work during the
Depression; also with attractive bookplates of Sydney Ansell Gimson and
Fowler Booksellers. Very light wear at spine ends, usual scattered
occasional foxing, pastedowns toned and foxed. Cloth very clean and gilt
exceptionally bright: a beautiful copy.