Moby Dick; Or, The Whale

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University of California Press, 16 ago 1983 - 576 pagine
This trade edition of Moby-Dick is a reduced version of the Arion Press Moby-Dick, which was published in 1979 in a limited edition of 250 copies and has been hailed as a modern masterpiece of bookmaking. It was hand set under the supervision of one of America's finest book designers and printers. The initial letters that begin each chapter were designed especially for this book and christened "Leviathan." The illustrations, of places, creatures, objects or tools, and processes connected with nineteenth-century whaling, are original boxwood engravings by Massachusetts artist Barry Moser. The text of Moby-Dick used in this edition is based on that used in the critical edition of Melville's works published by the Northwestern University Press and the Newberry Library.

This reduced version is smaller in size than the Arion edition and the California deluxe edition, but it includes all of the original pages and illustrations. It is printed in black only throughout, and it is not slipcased.
 

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Indice

Loomings
2
The Carpet Bag
7
The SpouterInn
10
The Counterpane
27
Breakfast
31
The Street
33
The Chapel
36
The Pulpit
39
The Monheyrope
328
Stubb and Flash kill a Right Whale
332
The Sperm Whales Head
338
The Right Whales Head
342
The Battering Ram
346
The Qreat Heidelburgh Tun
348
Cistern and Buckets
350
The Prairie
355

The Sermon
42
A Bosom Friend
51
Nightgown
55
i2 Biographical
57
Wheelbarrow
59
Nantucket
64
Chowder
66
The Ship
69
The Ramadan
86
His Mark
91
The Prophet
95
All Astir
99
2i Qoing Aboard
102
22 Merry Christmas
105
The Lee Shore
110
Th e Advocate in 25 Postscript
115
Knights and Squires
116
27 Knights and Squires
119
Cetology
133
The Specksynder
148
The Cabin Table
151
The QuarterDeck Ahab and all
163
Sunset
171
DiwA
172
First NtghtWatch
173
ForecastleMidnight
174
Moby Dick
180
The Whiteness of the Whale
189
Hark
198
The Chart
199
The Affidavit
205
Surmises
214
The MatMaker
217
The First Lowering
220
Ahab
228
The Hyena
231
Ahabs Boat and CrewFedallah
233
The SpiritSpout
236
The Pequod meets the Albatross
240
The gam
243
The Town Hos Story
247
Monstrous Pictures of Whales
268
Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales
273
Of Whales in Paint in Teeth c
276
Brit
279
Squid
281
The Line
284
Stubb kills a Whale
288
The Dart
294
The Crotch
296
Stubbs Supper
298
The Whale as a Dish
306
The Shark Massacre
309
The Blanket
314
The Funeral
317
The Sphynx
318
The Pequod meets the Jeroboam Her Story
321
The Mu
358
The Pequod meets the Virgin
360
THE Honor and Gloryof Whaling
371
Jonah Historically Regarded
374
Pitchpoling
376
The Fountain
379
The Tail
384
The Qrand Armada
389
Schools 5 Schoolmasters
402
Fast Fish and Loose Fish
405
Heads or Tails
409
The Pequod meets the Rose Bud
412
Ambergris
418
The Castaway
421
A Squeeze of the Hand
425
The Cassock
429
The TnWorAs
431
The Lamp
436
Stowing Down Clearing Up
437
The Doubloon
440
The Pequod meets the Samuel Enderby of London
446
The Decanter
453
A Bower in the Arsacides
457
Measurement of the Whales Skeleton
462
The Fossil Whale
465
Does the Whale Diminish?
468
Ahabs Leg
472
The Carpenter
475
The Deck Ahab and the Carpenter
478
The Cabin Ahab and Starbuck
482
no Queequeg in his Coffin
485
in The Pacific
490
The Blacksmith
491
The Forge
494
The Qilder
497
The Pequod meets the Bachelor
499
The Dying Whale
502
The WhaleWatch
503
The Quadrant
505
The Candles
507
The Deck
514
Midnight on the Forecastle
515
Midnight Aloft
516
The Needle
520
The Log and Line 522
523
The LifeBuoy
526
Ahab and the Carpenter 128 The Pequod meets the Rachel
532
The Cabin Ahab and Pip
535
The
537
The Pequod meets the Delight
541
The Symphony CAI
543
The Chase First Day
547
The Chase Second Day
556
The Chase Third Day
564
EPILOGUE 577
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Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died. Without enough money to gain the formal education that professions required, Melville was thrown on his own resources and in 1841 sailed off on a whaling ship bound for the South Seas. His experiences at sea during the next four years were to form in part the basis of his best fiction. Melville's first two books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were partly romance and partly autobiographical travel books set in the South Seas. Both were popular successes, particularly Typee, which included a stay among cannibals and a romance with a South Sea maiden. During the next several years, Melville published three more romances that drew upon his experiences at sea: Redburn (1849) and White-Jacket (1850), both fairly realistic accounts of the sailor's life and depicting the loss of innocence of central characters; and Mardi (1849), which, like the other two books, began as a romance of adventure but turned into an allegorical critique of contemporary American civilization. Moby Dick (1851) also began as an adventure story, based on Melville's experiences aboard the whaling ship. However, in the writing of it inspired in part by conversations with his friend and neighbor Hawthorne and partly by his own irrepressible imagination and reading of Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists Melville turned the book into something so strange that, when it appeared in print, many of his readers and critics were dumbfounded, even outraged. By the mid-1850s, Melville's literary reputation was all but destroyed, and he was obliged to live the rest of his life taking whatever jobs he could find and borrowing money from relatives, who fortunately were always in a position to help him. He continued to write, however, and published some marvelous short fiction pieces Benito Cereno" (1855) and "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (1853) are the best. He also published several volumes of poetry, the most important of which was Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866), poems of occasionally great power that were written in response to the moral challenge of the Civil War. His posthumously published work, Billy Budd (1924), on which he worked up until the time of his death, became Melville's last significant literary work, a brilliant short novel that movingly describes a young sailor's imprisonment and death. Melville's reputation, however, rests most solidly on his great epic romance, Moby Dick. It is a difficult as well as a brilliant book, and many critics have offered interpretations of its complicated ambiguous symbolism. Darrel Abel briefly summed up Moby Dick as "the story of an attempt to search the unsearchable ways of God," although the book has historical, political, and moral implications as well. Melville died at his home in New York City early on the morning of September 28, 1891, at age 72. The doctor listed "cardiac dilation" on the death certificate. He was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York, along with his wife, Elizabeth Shaw Melville.

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