Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1930. First edition thus. 4tos, each volume bound in the publisher'ds original black cloth decorated and titled in silver. Housed in the infamous original aluminum slipcase. Lacking the original unprinted glassine jackets. One of 1000 copies printed under the supervision of William A. Kittredge at R.R. Donnelly and Sons.
One of Rockwell Kent's most acclaimed works, and widely considered a high point of 20th century book design. Kent not only provided the 280 illustrations, but also designed the work, for which he seemed to have a particular affinity - perhaps stemming from his nautical travels and experience as a ship's carpenter. This edition, and the single volume, more easily had trade edition from Random House which followed likely helped to stimulate the renewal in interest in Moby Dick.
All proceeds from the sale of this volume benefit our local library.
The Artist and the Book 140. Jones, p. 60.
The spines of each volume show overall droplet marks, as well as some discoloration to the second and third volume at crown, otherwise a study, very good set, showing a faint scuff here and there to the cloth, and the usual minor offsetting from illustrations within and toning to the endpapers along the hinges. The aluminum slipcase is very good with scratching and discoloration, and a faint indent at one side (meaning that the third volume takes a little finesse to pull in and out, but otherwise square and sturdy. Item #29561