London: The Nonesuch Press, 1926. Limited Edition. Folio, publisher's red cloth, spine gilt, beveled edges.
Fine press edition of Herman Melville’s classic, with illustrations by American artist and prolific poster designer E. McKnight Kauffer. Originally published serially in 1855, the fictionalized account of a revolt on a slave ship off the coast of Chile is based on a real-life incident described in American sea captain Amasa Delano’s Narrative of Voyages and Travels (1817). Published by the celebrated Nonesuch Press, founded by Francis Meynell, his wife Vera, and Bloomsbury figure David Garnett. Hand numbered as 558 out of 1650 copies. Illustrations hand-colored through stencils at the Curwen Press on Van Gelder paper. Fading to spine, soiling to boards, light threading to spine head. Lacking dust jacket. Very good. Item #4328