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Lot 118: MELVILLE, HERMAN. MOBY DICK OR THE WHALE, 1851 (1 VOL.)
October 20, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 12mo (189 x 128mm.), FIRST EDITION, FIRST BINDING (with the publisher's device stamped on the covers), 6-page publisher's advertisement at end, publisher's green cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, covers stamped in blind, collector's half green morocco folding-case, "Nov-1851" inscribed on title in a contemporary hand, very light foxing scattered throughout, gilt-lettering on spine lightly rubbed, minor wear and soiling to binding
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, when appropriate.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: BAL 13664; Grolier American 60; Sadleir, Excursions 229
Saleroom Notice: Further to the condition notes in the printed catalogue, the top of the title page has been very expertly repaired, replacing a section of paper along the upper edge. There is also an area of abrasion to the publisher's imprint at the bottom of the page. Please contact the department for further information or images.