N.p. HarperCollins Publishers, . Hardcover. Illustrations by Maurice Sendak. Small 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. xlvi, 449pp. 30 color illustrations. Fine/fine. Item #46186
Superb and tight first of this modern, authoritative scholarly edition ("The Kraken Edition") of Melville's 1852 novel, fully restored for the first time by leading Melville scholar Parker. Inner flyleaf bears a fine archival decorative-edged bookplate signed boldly by Parker in black ballpoint -- and front flyleaf bears a heavy stock 5" X 3" card signed boldly in black fineline by Sendak, who dates it 25 January 1979 at upper right. Fine. Sendak's original signature transmittal envelope is laid in -- the perfect bookmark! A choice copy.