Much sought after, the Arion Press Moby Dick, illustrated by Barry Mosher, is a treat. The type face is big and juicy and easy to read, the size of the book is solid, befitting a novel of such weight, and the illustrations are delicate and accessible.
There are four copies in the collection, a 1981 hardcover, and three soft cover, one unread (6th printing, courtesy of Tim, a fan of this blog), one read (2nd reprinting), and the small sized one, (1st 1983 printing), which we use as a reading copy.
... under the influence of that strange perplexity of inert irresolution...
Melville has a way of seeing a precise moment of time.
Sitting in amongst the giant pod of whales, which had ceased its commotion, all waited for the next move. Here is a silent stillness as whales and men pause.