This is a near fine, (almost like new) leather-bound hardcover. 2002 Easton Press Collectors Edition. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. Pages are crisp, clean and free of markings. No previous owners bookplate or markings appear. Binding tight and straight. bound in black full genuine leather with gold gild design and ship illustration on front cover, this fine binding features the gold gild and hubbed spine. Inside, satin moire fabric endpapers along with text pages printed on archival acid-neutral paper complete the binding. Attached silk ribbon bookmark. Smyth sewn binding assure the finest and longest lasting binding. Royal octavo or 7" x 10" with 176 pages. This is a true Collectors Easton Press Edition not a leather reprint.
These two novellas by Herman Melville are presented in one volume in this Easton Press Collectors Edition. Billy Budd is a novel about the loss of innocence. Originally unfinished at the time of his death, it was quickly transcribed and published in 1924. It is the story of a young sailor who finds himself falsely accused and making a decision to strike out, he inadvertently kills his accuser and must fall to the fate of the laws of the sea, despite his unintentional act.
The second novella, Benito Cereno, is a sea tale of a revolt on a Spanish ship. Both tales are in the classic sea-faring tradition of Melville..
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