This is a lovely book and at the time of its publication, The Limited Editions Club wrote, We consider it one of the six best books we have ever published... The author, Herman Melville, is one of the greatest authors in the literature of the United States and maybe the world. The book encapsulates their sojourn among the South Sea natives and their escape from the South Seas. In his illustrations, Miguel Covarrubias portrayed the atmosphere of the Marquesan Islands in exotic, unique, soul satisfying colors.
Through his paintings, Cabarrubias captured the golden brown skins of the Marquesan natives and the lush tropical vegetation and deep blue waters. He details the tattoos on the bodies of the islanders, with fearsome and lovely patterns.
The pages are decorated with larger sizes of the Garamond type, set by hand, and the type pages are printed in black, except at the beginnings of the chapters where decorative initials appear, printed in various colors throughout the book to invoke the exotic colors in the illustrations. The paper, a rag sheet from the Worthy Paper Company, is slightly rough on the surface, with a deep cream tone as its color. The binding is composed of boards over which tappa has been placed. Tappa is made by hammering by the natives in the South Seas and in the East Indies from the barks of trees.One of the illustrations is a painting showing the Marquesan natives making tappa, and the process is described in the book. Tappa is used in the South Seas for the making of cloth but is used in the East Indies for the sacred ceremonial purpose of serving as a shroud on dead bodies before they are placed on a funeral pyre. It was in the East Indies that a piece of tappa was made for the binding material of the novel. Covarrubias designed the binding from a pattern suggested from Marquesan decorations, and it is printed upon the tappa cloth on the binding and then used as an overall pattern for the slipcase! So, the tappa itself has undertaken an extensive journey. The final product is luxurious.
The title is number 1010 of a printing run of 1500 copies. Further elaboration of the making of this exquisite title is found in the four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter, which is a must to accompany the book. I include it in this offering.The item "Limited Editions Club Typee" is in sale since Tuesday, September 25, 2018. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "629north61ststreet" and is located in Wexford, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.