The Rare First Edition of Melville's Piazza Tales in the Original Cloth

    Herman Melville. The Piazza Tales. New York: Dix & Edwards, 1856. First edition. Octavo. [2, blank], [iv], 431, [1, blank] pages. Issued without half-title. With seven-page publisher's catalogue inserted at rear. Publisher's full purple cloth, boards ruled in blind, with blind central publisher's symbol on boards, spine stamped and lettered in gilt, yellow-coated endleaves. Spine quite toned and chipped, front joint torn (about five inches), rear joint with shorter (about one inch) tear near top, boards faded and soiled, with some edgewear, endleaves toned and soiled, text toned with occasional marginal dampstaining. A good copy of this rarity seldom found in the original cloth.
    This title contains the first book appearances of several stories, including two of his most famous ones, Bartleby and Benito Cereno.
    BAL 13669.

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