First Edition of Melville's Pierre,
Herman Melville. Pierre; or the Ambiguities.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1852. First edition. Octavo. viii,
495, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's purple cloth, boards elaborately
paneled in blind, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, dark brown
coated endleaves. Spine sunned and worn, some wear, soiling and
bumping to boards, endleaves damaged (with wear and evidence of
sticker removal), text dampstained, foxed and with ink numeral on
page . Shaken, with binding cords visible in several places.
Still, a good copy of this rare book. This book, published a year
after Moby Dick, was a critical and commercial failure - as
such, many unsold copies (being the bulk of the print run) were in
the Harper warehouse during the 1853 fire - with only an estimated
110 copies surviving.
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