It doesn't get any better than Herman Melville. Swimming to safety through the Bay of Nukuheva, Melville and Richard Tobias (Toby) Greene crossed a high plateau, and found themselves in a valley peopled by brown-skinned and beautiful Marquesans. Typee is largely concerned with the harbors in the Marquesan Islands, principally the harbor of Nukuheva.
No less a critic than Robert Louis Stevenson proclaimed Typee and Melville's other stories of the South Seas the best South Seas romances ever written. Illustrating our edition of Typee, Miguel Cavarrabas fashioned 24 paintings after sailing to the South Seas to gain insight into the setting for our edition. In his beautiful paintings, Cavarrabas captured the atmosphere of the Marquesan Islands, in exotic, unique, soul-satisfying colors. In them, we see the golden brown skins of the Marquesan natives, and their tatooed bodies of fearsome and lovely patterns, shining through the pages, and view the lush, tropical vegetation and deep blue water of the Islands. John Fass of The Harbor Press in New York panned the Garamond typographic plans for our narrative.He employed a widely leaded version of the type, with very large margins of white space, decorated with larger sizes of the type, set by hand. The type pages are printed in black, except at the beginnings of the chapters where decorative initials appear throughout the book in varying colors, in blue and green and brown. The Harbor press printed our novel and used a rag sheet paper, with a deep cream tone, made by the Worthy Paper Company of New York. The paper has both a satisfying and expensive look. It is the binding, however, which is memorable.
It is composed of boards over which tappa has been placed. Tappa is made by the natives from the barks of trees.It is used to create a cloth, and is used in the East Indies for the sacred ceremonial purpose of serving as a shroud on dead bodies before they are placed on the funeral pyre. Miguel Cavarrabias assisted in obtaining the necessary hundreds of sheets of the tappa for our edition only by going to Java and Bali. He borrowed patterns suggested by Marquesan designs, one of which is printed upon the tappa cloth on the binding. Also, he used such a design as an all-over pattern for the slipcase. The case is a deep brown and exotic yellow upon the natural wood color of tappa. This is number 1480 of 1500 copies, and is signed by Miguel Cavarrabas. The essential and difficult to find 1935 four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter is included in the offer. This is a must own book, in terrific condition, for collectors of LEC titles, particularly the early ones. It should also appeal to all Melville buffs, and readers of the finest American literature. Made to last and to be admired, this offering would make a fantastic gift for a worthy teacher/scholar/student. Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches. Feel free to contact me with any questions. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible".
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