Moby Dick

Moby Dick

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H3llB0undZ By H3llB0undZ Updated Sep 21, 2016

Herman Melville's epic masterpiece, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale was first printed in England in October, 1851 in an edition of 500 copies published by Richard Bentley and a month later in New York by Harper & Brothers. Somewhat more hopeful than their British counterparts, Harper issues 2,915 copies, of which 125 were designated for reviewers. It was not a wild success. Generally panned by the critics of mid-Victorian England as a chaotic, unapproachable, and badly written saga, Bentley sold a few hundred the first year but still had enough unbound sets of pages from their first printing to bind them in a cheap edition two years later. Harper sold 1,500 copies, (priced at $1.50) within the first eleven days following publication, but sales soon slowed to less than 300 copies in a fire. A few small printings followed into the 1870s when a forth printing of just 277 sold so slowly that it was the last during the author's lifetime. The book was out of print when Melville died in 1891. He had...