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Melville, Herman
Narrative of a Four Months’ Residence Among the Natives of a Valley of The Marquesas Islands; or, A Peep at Polynesian Life.

London: John Murray, 1846, first edition second issue, octavo, xvi, map, [1] – 285 pp., bound in later 19th century ½ calf and cloth boards, black leather spine label, some wear and scuffing to extremities of binding, Glasgow bookseller’s label on front pastedown, later ownership signature, some light foxing to front and rear endpapers, else a good copy.

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The works of Herman Melville are among the classics of the South Seas. This was Melville's first work and was published simultaneously in New York and London--one of the first books so issued. John Murray was the first to recognize Melville and obtained the prior rights of publication.


Not only was this English edition of, what is now better known as, Typee, issued earlier than the American, it contains passages deleted from the latter “to meet American squeamishness.”---Wilson.