Limited first edition of Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick

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The Story Behind Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  • Feb 24, 2014

Watch a short film by Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark with the story behind Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

Limited first edition of Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick
Limited first edition of Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick
Illustration from Kent's Moby Dick
Illustration from Kent’s Moby Dick
Embry Clark

Embry joined the Las Vegas gallery in 2008 after completing her MFA in Creative Writing at UNLV, where her studies focused on British and American poetics. As a writer, her work has appeared in the collection Addresses Home, as well as journals such as Mid-American Review, New American Writing, Colorado Review, and Witness. When she’s not selling books, Embry is working her way through an ever-growing stack of poetry, military memoir, true crime, and (most recently) nonfiction about interesting weirdos.

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2 Responses to “The Story Behind Moby Dick by Herman Melville”

  • Ed Leimbacher says:

    Call me Dismal. Some years ago, in a time of desperation, I found my good sense again too late, having in the interim sold my copy of The Whale (the Random House trade version, Near Fine in dust jacket, and signed by Kent!) for a sum the equal of 30 pieces of silver. I staved off the tax man (the irony, Herman!) but stove in the sides of my ship of Soul. And I alone am escaped to feel the fool.

    • Embry Clark says:

      Alas, sir, I offer my sincere condolences. I’ve had occasion to see a modern reprint of Kent’s classic, though sadly it does not reproduce the excellent dust jacket of the 1930 edition. I think HM would have understood though. After all, he took on all manner of task to stave off the tax man.