Herman Melville Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: August 1, 1819 in New York City, New York
Died: September 28, 1891 in New York City, New York
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HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891, born in New York City) worked at a young age as a cabin boy and sailor on merchant vessels. During an unsuccessful whaling expedition, he took part in a mutiny, was jailed and escaped. His seafaring inspired many of his later works, including Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (1846), Omoo, a Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (1847) and his masterpiece, Moby Dick (1851). Moby Dick, unlike his earlier works, was neither a critical or financial success. Melville's later writings, such as Pierre (1852), The Confidence Man (1857) and the short stories Bartleby the Scrivener and The Encantadas reflected his despair and contempt for society's corruption, hypocrisy and materialism. Melville took a break from writing to work as a customs inspector on the New York docks, but returned shortly before his death to publish a collection of poetry, John Marr, and Other Sailors, as well as With Some Sea-Pieces (both in 1888). He also wrote a novel, Billy Budd, which went unpublished until 1924.
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1958 Enchanted Island (Writer), 1955 Encounter (Writer), 1964 Le théâtre de la jeunesse (Writer), 1957 Bartleby l'écrivain (Writer), 1931 Dämon des Meeres (Writer), 2011 Age of the Dragons (Writer), 2004 Capitaine Achab (Writer), 2003 Partanen (Writer), 2001 Bartleby (Writer), 1999 Beau Travail (Writer), 1988 Billy Budd (Writer), 1970 NBC Experiment in Television (Writer), 1969 Benito Cereno (Writer), 1965 Enchanted Isles (Writer), 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (Writer), 1954 Moby Dick (Writer), 1953 Your Favorite Story (Writer), 1949 Omoo-Omoo the Shark God (Writer), 1935 Last of the Pagans (Writer), 1986 Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson (Sound), 2010 2010: Moby Dick (Writer), 2010 Bartleby - Geschichte der Wall Street (Writer), 2007 Capitaine Achab (Writer), 1999 Pola X (Writer), 1998 History's Mysteries (Writer), 1978 Moby Dick (Writer), 1956 Moby Dick (Writer), 1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed (Writer), 1926 The Sea Beast (Writer), 2014 The Enigma of Benito Cereno (Writer), 1996 The Adventures of Moby Dick (Writer), 1974 Los libros (Writer), 1972 Bartleby (Writer), 1964 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (Writer), 1962 Billy Budd (Writer), 1957 Zwischen Himmel und Meer (Writer), 1966 Billy Budd (Writer), 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (Writer), 2010 Bartleby le scribe (Writer), 2000 Moby Dick (Writer), 1998 Billy Budd (Writer), 1993 Bartleby ou Les hommes au rebut (Writer), 1977 Bartleby the Scrivener (Writer), 1977 Moby-Dick (Writer), 1976 Bartleby (Writer), 1972 Hora once (Writer), 1970 Bartleby (Writer), 1967 NET Playhouse (Writer), 1963 Bartleby (Writer), 1930 Moby Dick (Writer)
  • HERMAN MELVILLE His clipped signature, with his portrait, two first day covers of stamps honoring him, and a picture of a whale. One of the rarest of all signatures! Signature: "Herman Melville", 4½x4, with four unsigned items: a printed portrait of Melville; two first day covers of stamps honoring him; and a color illustration of a whale, presumably Moby Dick. read more...

    Sale Price $3,187.50


  • Author Herman Melville wrote this letter to publisher George P. Putnam from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It accompanied a proof of one of his stories. Melville's signature is one of the rarest of all, and handwritten letters by him are highly desirable. read more...

    Sale Price $12,800.00


  • HERMAN MELVILLE Extremely rare clipped signature, accompanied by an unsigned postcard photo of the author Signature: "Herman Melville", 4x1 fragment clipped from a letter. 1¾x¼-inch portion torn at lower left blank corner, lightly stained, light show-through from writing (not his) on verso. Overall, fine and rare. read more...

    Sale Price $6,800.00


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