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June 11, 2005 - May 31, 2006         Open Every Day Except Holidays, Noon to 4 pm
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 1
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Volume I, Title Page
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Volume I, Chapter II, The Carpet Bag, p. 10

“Now having a night, a day, and still another night following before me in New Bedford, ere I could embark for my destined port, it became a matter of concernment where I was to eat and sleep meanwhile.”
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Top image: Volume III p. 58 Bottom image: Volume I, Chapter IV, The Counterpane, p. 37

“I was watching to see where he kept his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon from the bed corner, slips out the long wooden stock, unsheathes the head, whets it a little on his boot, and striding up to the bit of mirror against the wall, begins a vigorous scraping, or rather harpooning of his cheeks.”
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Volume I, Chapter II, chapter end image, p. 16

Throughout the three volumes Kent takes the opportunity to illustrate various types of whales.
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Volume I, Chapter II, The Carpet Bag, p. 14

New Bedford harbor.
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Volume I, Chapter III, The Spouter-Inn, p. 33

“First he takes about a double handful of shavings out of his grego pocket, and places them carefully before the idol; then laying a bit of ship biscuit on tip and applying the flame from the lamp, he kindled the shavings into a sacrificial blaze.”
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Volume I, Chapter VIII, The Pulpit, p. 58

“Yes, the world’s a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete; and the pulpit is its prow.”
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Volume I, Chapter IX, The Sermon p. 59

“Father Mapple rose, and in a mild voice of unassuming authority ordered the scattered people to condense.”
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Volume I, Chapter XII, Biographical, p. 80

“Queequeg was a native of Kakovoko, an island far away to the West and South. It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
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Volume I, ChapterXII, Biographical, p. 81

“But Queequeg vowed a vow. Alone in his canoe, he paddled off to a distant strait, which he knew the ship must pass through when she quitted the island.”


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