The Ecantadas
  • The Ecantadas


    Herman Melville. Illustrations by Mallette Dean.


    Burlingame: William P. Wreden, 1940. Small quarto. Cloth boards with a paste-down title on the spine in a clear, protective acetate wrap. There is a tiny fine bookseller sticker on the inside of the back board. 118 pages. Limited edition, one of 550 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press. Near fine.


    Or the Enchanted Isles. Novella with an introduction, critical epilogue, and biographical notes by Victor Wolfgang Von Hagen. A stunning Grabhorn title and exceptionally rare, this being the only copy presently on the market. An elite California fine press specimen. 


    "Brooding among the ruins of his hut, and the desolate clinkers and extinct volcanoes of this outcast isle, the insulted misanthrope now meditates a signal revenge upon humanity, but conceals his purposes. Vessels still touch the Landing at times, and by-and-by Oberlus is enabled to supply them with some vegetables."