Digitized First/Early Editions of Melville's Books

http://www.manhattanrarebooks-literature.com/melville_mardi.htmThis list is offered as an aid to further reading and research.  For more detailed and precise bibliographic information, collector-oriented, ABAA has the indispensable article
A Checklist of Herman Melville's First and Major Editions by Kevin MacDonnell.

What I have so far, chronologically from Typee to Timoleon (electronic text only):

Narrative of a Four Months' Residence Among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands. London, 1846.  First British edition of Typee, published in London by John Murray. Digitized volume in the Wellcome Library; available online courtesy of the Internet Archive.

Typee, 1846 --Wiley and Putnam NY edition, two parts in one volume, with Story of Toby. University of California Libraries book at archive.org

Typee, 1847 --London edition, University of Michigan copy in the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

Typee, 1847 --Revised edition, NY Wiley & Putnam in one volume with Story of Toby and excerpted reviews in publisher's advertisements. Harvard copy at Hathi Trust.

Typee, 1847 revised American ed. in one volume. Michigan copy at Google Books.

Typee, 1847 revised American edition. Same as above, in the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

Typee, 1892 --with Melville's portrait as frontispiece.

Omoo, 1847 --NY Harper & Brothers edition, University of California Libraries copy at archive.org

Mardi; and a Voyage Thither, vol 1 --1849, first American edition. University of California Davis copy at HathiTrust.org
Mardi Volume 1 at Google Books

Mardi; and a Voyage Thither, vol 2 --1849, first American edition. University of California Davis copy at HathiTrust.org
Mardi Volume 2 (1855 ed.) at Google Books

Redburn: his first voyage --1850, NY Harper & Brothers. University of Michigan copy at HathiTrust.org

White-Jacket, vol 1 --1850 London edition, Richard Bentley. Bodleian Library copy at archive.org

White-Jacket, vol 1 --same as above, 1850 London edition at Google Books. Where is volume 2?

White-Jacket, 1892--later printing of the 1892 edition by St Botolph Society in cool blue binding, University of Wisconsin Library book at HathiTrust.org

Moby-Dick, or, the Whale --1851, First American Edition. Duke University, Rubenstein Library copy  (with clipped signature of Melville pasted in) at HathiTrust.org

Moby-Dick, or, the Whale --same as above, online at archive.org

1952 Hendricks House Moby-Dick --Important edition with great explanatory notes by Luther Mansfield and Howard Vincent.

Pierre, or, The Ambiguities --1852 first edition, Harvard copy at HathiTrust.org

Pierre, 1852 --same as above, online also at archive.org

Israel Potter: his fifty years of exile --1855 book version, first edition thus. Bodleian Library volume at archive.org

The Piazza Tales  --1856 first edition, Stanford University Library volume at Google Books

The Confidence-Man: his masquerade --1857 first American edition with bookplate of B. George Ulizio, also with stamp of Powers Library, Moravia, NY at archive.org

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade; Via Google Books, the Bodleian copy of the "Authorised Edition" published in London by Longman's.

1954 Hendricks House Confidence-Man , edited by Elizabeth S. Foster

Battle-Pieces --1866 first edition at Google Books

Battle-Pieces and aspects of war --another 1866 edition, University of California volume at archive.org

Clarel, A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land --Volume 2 of the 1876 first edition (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons) at Ohio Sate University via Hathi Trust Digital Library. Where's volume 1?

Clarel, Hendricks House 1960 --the great groundbreaking edition by Walter E. Bezanson
Wikisource gives the text of Clarel from the Hendricks House edition
John Marr and Other Sailors --online electronic text of the first edition (1888) by Paul Royster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Timoleon, Etc. --online electronic text of the first edition (1891) by Paul Royster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Works of Herman Melville volume 16 - Poems. Constable edition, 1924 courtesy of Hathi Trust Digital Library.

Posthumously Published Works

Billy Budd --Versions of Billy Budd via Melville Electronic Library
Houghton Library, Harvard University has the Billy Budd manuscript
Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Uncompleted Writings - Northwestern-Newberry Edition with Weeds and Wildings, Parthenope (includes "At the Hostelry" and "An Afternoon in Naples in the Time of Bomba"); Uncollected Prose and Uncollected Poetry.


  1. Thanks for putting acess to the Hendricks House Confidence-Man on line, Scott! It's not easy to find and is very helpful.

    1. Three Google-digitized volumes of the Hendricks House edition are now available courtesy of HathiTrust Digital Library. Link to catalog record there:


    2. Dear Scott,
      Thanks for the info. Right now, I'm neck deep in The Confidence-Man (once again).
      Best wishes,

    3. Hello, is there a downloadable pdf available?

  2. Yes if you are able to log in with a partner institution. Otherwise, HathiTrust will only let you download individual pages.

    1. Yes, I've seen that, and I'm on my own. So, no luck, then? I'd mostly like to have Foster's intro...I suppose I could download each page individually, cheers.