New York: Harper & Brothers, 1850. First edition. Hardcover. The true first American edition, first printing, the first cloth binding, complete with all advertisements, four pages for Melville titles and 2 pages for others'.
8vo, vii, 465 pp,  pp advertisements. Period pencil inscription at top of title page. Bound in the publisher's blind stamped dark brown gilt cloth. Lacks most of the spine (some pieces of spine cloth loosely inserted), boards detached, scattered fox spotting, text in sound condition, original end papers, a very presentable copy that could use a reback using the original spine. Item #25553