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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 He also wrote a novel, Billy Budd, which went unpublished until 1924.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-theatre-de-la-jeunesse (Writer), 1957-Bartleby-l'ecrivain (Writer), 1931-Damon-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.

    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.

    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.

    Sale Price $6,800.00


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