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Mardi (3 vols) by Herman Melville 1st / 1st UK 1849


First edition and first state published by Richard Bentley in 1849. Three volumes. Contemporary half leather binding and marbled boards. A very good + set with half title pages to volumes 2 and 3 as called for. Some spotting to ffep's on all volumes and very occasional spots throughout. A lean to volume 1. Bookplates of two previous owners on first fep and board. Previous owner is noted author Philip Gosse. He was an English naturalist and populariser of natural science and innovator in the study of marine biology. Gosse created and stocked the first public aquarium at the London Zoo in 1853, and coined the term "aquarium" when he published the first manual, The Aquarium: An Unveiling of the Wonders of the Deep Sea, in 1854. His work was the catalyst for an aquarium craze in early Victorian England.


First edition, preceding the U.S. edition. One of one thousand sets printed. Apart from THE WHALE, Melville's only other three volume novel. Mardi, and a Voyage Thither is the third book by American writer Herman Melville. Beginning as a travelogue in the vein of the author's two previous efforts 'Typee' and 'Omoo', the adventure story gives way to a romance story, which in its turn gives way to a philosophical quest. Scarce set especially so in this condition.