Herman Melville – Timoleon & Other Ventures in Minor Verse
First Edition, limited to 250 Hand-numbered Copies.
Timoleon & Other Ventures in Minor Verse is a collection of poems by Herman Melville, privately published by the Caxton Press in 1891 in an edition of only twenty-five copies. They were composed immediately after Melville's travels in Europe and the Middle East (1856), and in part thirty years later when he resigned his post as a customs inspector (1885).
These poems belong to that period of Melville's life when he had attained technical maturity as a poet. The title is taken from Plutarch's Life of Timoleon, and the work is clearly indebted to Shakespeare for the figure of Brutus; the collection as a whole dwells on solitude, and is infused with a profound sense of pessimism.
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Measures 100x160 mm
Light green, 120 gram Endpapers
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