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Moby-Dick (Macmillan Collector's Library) Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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Teeming with ideas and imagery, and with its extraordinary intensity sustained by mischievous irony and moments of exquisite beauty, Moby-Dick is both a great American epic and a profoundly imaginative literary creation.
Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition features an afterword by Nigel Cliff.
On board the whaling ship Pequod a crew of wise men and fools, renegades and seeming phantoms is hurled through treacherous seas by crazed Captain Ahab, a man hell-bent on hunting down the mythic White Whale. Herman Melville transforms the little world of the whale ship into a crucible where mankind's fears, faith and frailties are pitted against a relentless fate.
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Every MCL title has a ribbon bookmark
The edges of the pages are gold
The titles are picked out in gold foil
The endpapers are printed
The Macmillan Collector’s Library
A series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover.
Each edition includes an expert introduction and a beautiful cover image, and many of the titles retain their original illustrations.
From classic fiction and non-fiction to poetry and children’s books, the Macmillan Collector’s Library makes the best of world literature available in beautifully produced, collectible editions.
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- Publisher : Macmillan Collector's Library; Reissue edition (November 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 768 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1509826645
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509826643
- Lexile measure : 1200L
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.04 x 1.37 x 7.01 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2019
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By Sparkles on September 24, 2019
By KZCakes on February 13, 2018
This edition is beautiful: All edges of the textblock are gilt in mirror-bright gold; the cover is understated with an abstract illustration of the whale and a simple serif title. The book's dust jacket is colored a soft, inviting, powder-blue and that same color shades the cover boards and the silk ribbon marker. A floral pattern of oak leaves and acorns adorn the front-and-end pages. This same oak/acorn pattern is embossed on the front cloth board giving the book a very classic look.
This edition of Moby Dick is full, unabridged, and unexpurgated. There is an afterword by Nigel Cliff, a historian of maritime exploration. The text itself is laid out plainly (a plus) and the form factor of the book overall is very conducive to read in one hand (the book measures approximately 6"x4"x1.5"). They've chosen a serif font (probably Garamond or Times Roman) and the bright white pages make the smallish text highly readable (I'd say it's about 9-10 point font).
Overall, a lovely edition of Moby Dick; a treasure you'll pass along to a grandchild. Great work from MacMillan on bringing such a high quality edition to the public for the low price of ~$12.00 (depending on where you buy it: the MSRP printed on the jacket is $14.99).
This Macmillan edition is handsome and a nice book to read.
Which for me is the rub. Because while scholars have gone back and forth between the correct spelling of the title being Moby-Dick or Moby Dick, with the former being preferred since the 1960's, the name of the whale itself is always printed Moby Dick. No hyphen.
Except here. Someone went all anal-retentive and hyphenated the whale's name throughout the book. No other edition has ever done this, including the first printings in England and America. In fact, the only reason the _title_ is hyphenated is because that's how Melville's brother spelled it when alerting the American publishers of Herman Melville's wish to change the book's name. No one knows why the hyphen is there in his brother's letter, when it it never used in the text itself, but that's what the publisher went with and how it appears on title page for the first American edition. All anyone knows is that Herman Melville let it stand and never complained about it.
Long and short of it: Moby-Dick is the name of the book, Moby Dick is the name of the whale, and the Collector's Library/Macmillan Collector's Library doesn't understand the difference. For me, frustrating.
By RachelElaine on March 3, 2022
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2020