By an Early Admirer of Melville

The Doomed Ship; or, the Wreck of the Arctic Regions.

London: Willoughby and Co, 1856.

Price: $200.00


About the item

" A New [i.e., third?] Edition" 16 wood-engraved plates by Watts Phillips. pp. [i]- viii, [7] (sic)-182 + [8] pp. publisher's ads. 1 vols. Small 8vo. By an Early Admirer of Melville. Modern cloth. Fine copy. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; OCLC: 9674034.

Item #244498

The author's Preface, dated March, 1856, is apparently printed here for the first time, while the body of the text is the setting of an earlier edition - hence, presumably, the odd pagination. The author refers to this edition as "the third appearance in type of this NARRATIVE;" it was preceded by a 12mo edition in 1855 by Willoughby, who was the printer of this edition; and by a second 1856 edition by Willoughby, presumably without the Preface

Sadleir notes that Hurton's book HEARTS OF OAK (1862),"contains what must be the earliest English tribute to the novels of Herman Melville who, with Cooper and Dana, is studied in an essay called 'A Trio of American Sailor Authors'." MOBY DICK, it may be remembered, was first published in 1851.