Friday, January 6, 2012

1981 University of California Press - Arion Press Moby Dick


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.

Chapter 87

... 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.


  1. I really want to add one of those smaller paperbacks to my collection, but I can't figure out how to identify it. Does it have a different ISBN? Are there any distinguishing marks? Anything different on the editions page?

  2. On the back cover is an ISBN 0 520 04548 3

  3. You can see by the date of my last post I've been looking for this edition for two years. Would you consider posting a picture of the copyright page? The ISBN doesn't help. It's the same number on all paperback editions. Thanks for your consideration.