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In Celebration of the 75th Anniversary
of the Lakeside Press Edition of

Moby Dick or The Whale
By Herman Melville
Illustrated by
Rockwell Kent
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The Illustrations: Frame 3
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Volume II, Title page

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Volume II, Chapter XLIV, The Chart, p. 21

“God help thee, old man, thy thoughts have created a creature in thee; and he whose intense thinking thus makes him a Prometheus; a vulture feeds upon that heart for ever; that vulture the very creature he creates.”
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Volume II, Chapter XLV, The Affidavit, p. 27

“But fortunately the special point I here seek can be established upon testimony entirely independent of my own. The point is this: The Sperm Whale is in some cases sufficiently powerful, knowing, and judiciously malicious, as with direct aforethought to stave in, utterly destroy, and sink a large ship; and what is more, the Sperm Whale has done it.”
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Volume II, Chapter XLVIII, The First Lowering, p. 55

“So, cutting the lashing of the waterproof match keg, after many failures Starbuck contrived to ignite the lamp in the lantern; then stretching it on a waif pole, handed it to Queequeg as the standard-bearer of this forlorn hope. There, then, he sat, holding up that imbecile candle in the heart of that almighty forlornness. There, then, he sat, the sign and symbol of a man without faith, hopelessly holding up hope in the midst of despair.”
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Volume II, Chapter LI, The Spirit-Spout, p. 71

“…after spending his uniform interval there for several successive nights without uttering a single sound; when, after all this silence, his unearthly voice was heard announcing that silvery, moon-lit jet, every reclining mariner started to his feet as if some winged spirit had lighted in the rigging, and hailed the mortal crew. ‘There she blows!’ ”
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Volume II, Chapter LVI, Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and the true pictures of Whaling Scenes, p. 121

The natural aptitude of the French for seizing the picturesqueness of things seems to be particularly evinced in what paintings and engravings they have of their whaling scenes. (see flat case for book of French engravings used by Kent for his illustrations.)
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Volume II, Chapter LII, The Albatross p. 75

“As if the waves had been fullers, this craft was bleached like the skeleton of a stranded walrus. All down her sides, this spectral appearance was traced with long channels of reddened rust, while all her spars and her rigging were like the thick branches of trees furred over with hoar-frost.”
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Volume II, Chapter LVII, Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Stone; in Mountains; in Stars p. 125

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Volume II, Chapter LXVII, Cutting In, p. 172

“It was a Saturday night, and such a Sabbath as followed! Exofficio professors of Sabbath breaking are all whalemen. The ivory Pequod was turned into what seemed a shamble; every sailor a butcher. You would have thought we were offering up ten thousand red oxen to the sea gods.”
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Volume II, Chapter LXII, The Dart, p. 151

“Again, if the dart be successful, then at the second critical instant, that is, when the whale starts to run, the boat-header and harpooner likewise start to running fore and aft, to the imminent jeopardy of themselves and every one else. It is then they change places; and the headsman, the chief officer of the little craft, takes his proper station in the bows of the boat.”


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