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Happy Birthday to Everyone's Favorite White Whale

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Charles Scammon's 1874 Sperm Whale
From Charles Scammon's Marine Mammals of the North-western Coast of North America, 1874

Saturday, November 14 marks the 164th anniversary of the publication of Melville's masterpiece, Moby-Dick. In honor of this occasion, I made a "cool, collected dive" into the Library's collections, to share early editions, illustrated works, whale charts, and even scrimshaw—works that speak to the universe within this leviathan of a novel. 

And if you think you may find yourself weary of the "carking cares of earth, and seeking sentiment in tar and blubber" this weekend in New York, then you can do no better than to head to the Whitney Museum of American Art, which is hosting a marathon reading of this unforgettable novel.   

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Moby Dick

Jessica, thank you for the informative comments about Moby Dick. I've read it twice and listened to an audio version. Big whale fan here. I didn't know about the whale map and will look for it. Also I think I need to buy the illustrated version that you describe. Thanks again.

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