In late May 1849 one bookseller in Louisville, Kentucky hyped Melville's third book as the "Greatest work of the age." From the advertisement by George W. Noble in Prentice's Louisville Journal on May 25, 1849:
NEW Books! New Books!
... Greatest work of the age, Mardi and a Voyage Thither, in two volumes, printed with bold and elegant type and on the very best quality of book paper. Every one who is fond of reading should certainly call and procure this elegant book immediately.
For sale by GEO. W. NOBLE, 66 Fourth st.
- Moby-Dick in the Louisville Daily Journal
- Pierre in Louisville KY