New York: Random House, 1930. First Trade Edition. Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Random House. New York. 1930. First Trade Edition. Illsutrations by Rockwell Kent. Octavo.  half-title; title, dedication; vii-xxxi; pp.1-822; epilogue; colophon; . Dust Jacket present, expertly repaird along top of spine. Original 4pp advertising flyer inside from the Book of the Month Club. The illustrations of Moby Dick in this volume are taken from the 3-volume edition, published by Lakeside Press 1930. Widely thought to be some of Kent's greatest works, this edition helped to put Moby Dick on the map, cemented it as one of the great American classics by helping to widen audiences and connect readers with Melville's work. Illustrations are often misquoted as being woodcuts but are in reality pen, brush and ink.
Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was an American painter, illustrator and adventurer. Kent loved the power of nature and became known for his land and seascapes. Often rejoicing in nature, Kent said "I don't want petty self-expression, I was the elemental, infinite thing; I want to paint the rhythm of eternity" Item #419
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