Publisher: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1850.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 13660, so called second printing; Wright I, 1866; see Tanselle A Sample Bibliographical Description, with Commentary, pp. 1-30, for a discussion of the printing issues of Redburn.
Condition: Edges rubbed; erasure on the front paste-down; some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 21369
Description12mo, original blind-stamped black cloth, gilt lettering.
Comments¶ A saga of betrayal and disillusionment based on Melville's own early experiences in the South Seas. Bookplate of Estelle Doheny on the front paste-down. Contemporary inscription on the front free endpaper: “Josiah O. Gregg / From his Aunt / Mrs. S. Greenleaf.” It is possible, but not probable that this is the celebrated Josiah Gregg of Santa Fe Trail fame, who at about the time Redburn was published was leading a grueling expedition in Northern California, where he died in February, 1850.