New York: Random House, 1930. First edition thus. Hardcover. Small 4to. , vii-xxxi, , 822,  pp. Contemporary three-quarter green morocco over green cloth, spine in six compartments, decoration of a tall ship in gold on the front board, decorations and lettering in gold on the spine; top edge gilt. Green marbled endpapers and pastedowns. Illustrated with in-text and full-page wood-engravings and drawings by Rockwell Kent. This edition contains reproductions of the Kent illustrations from the three-volume edition published before this one. ADNB, Ann T. Keene, "Rockwell Kent". Ahearn Collected Books, 4th ed., 473. This is the first trade edition to be published after the three-volume Lakeside Press edition, which was the first edition with the Rockwell Kent illustrations. Kent's illustrations add a new dimension to Melville's classic tale of obsession and revenge. Kent himself traveled to Greenland, Alaska, and to other great wildernesses, which heavily inspired his artwork. A nice edition of an American classic, brought to life by Kent's haunting depictions of the whales, the sailors, and the sailing vessels of Melville's literary masterpiece. Very Good. Item #00009314
A Very Good example with mellowing to the spine and a small bump to the edge of the first few leaves (from the half-title to page 4), pages xxi-2 show a 1.25" closed tear to their margins.