Moby Dick (Inscribed with artwork by Kent)
Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930.
Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1930. First edition thus. One of 1000 copies of Kent's illustration masterwork. Inscribed by Kent on the front endpaper: "To Joe Sinel: Skaal! Rockwell Kent". Accompanying the inscription is a small sketch of Sinel riding on the back of Moby Dick, filling a champagne glass from the whale's spout. Joseph Sinel is credited as the father of American Industrial Design. Originally from New Zealand, Sinel had a lengthy career in art, advertising, and design. As a book designer and illustrator in his own right, the sense that Kent and Sinel shared a mutual respect and admiration is evident. Kent's playful sketch of Moby Dick shows a more humorous side of the illustrator.
The three volumes are Near Fine overall, very slightly faded on the spines and lacking the glassine jackets, but otherwise in excellent condition overall. Housed in the original aluminum slipcase, which is also Near Fine with a few minor scratches and some felt attached to the lower side to prevent scraping on the shelf.
One of the most famous illustrated books of the 20th century and a towering example of Rockwell Kent's art. Published on fine rag-paper in a large format (pages about 8 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches) and in three volumes. With the full complement of 280 woodcut illustrations, eight more than the trade edition. A book that is quite uncommon to find with original artwork from Kent. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #5858)