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Rare Books

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-258-3184
Curator of Rare Books
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The Library possesses many American and English first editions of Melville, as well as a fine group of books on whaling and voyages. The 1951 exhibition of Moby-Dick and related materials gives a catalogue of works on display at that time. Most are from the Princeton University Library holdings. For particulars refer to: "Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. A Century of an American Classic. 1851-1951. Catalogue of an Exhibition. Princeton University Library" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XIII, 2 (Winter, 1952) pp. 63-118 [full text] .

Two interesting Melville association books are his copy of James MacPherson's Fingal (1762) and William Habington's Castara (1812 [first published, 1634]). Both have his notes. Acquired at the end of 1989 was his heavily annotated copy of Milton's works. Call number for this copy is (Ex) PR3551 .M57 1836, vols. 1 and 2. (Melville's King Lear is at Harvard; see R. Stoddard's Marks in Books.)