London: George Routledge & Co., 1850. First U.K. Edition. Small octavo (17cm.); publisher's brown blind-embossed cloth, gilt-lettered spine, yellow glazed endpapers; viii,296pp. Boards scuffed and corners bumped, spine a bit cocked, contemporary ownership signatures in pen, ink, and rubberstamp all redacted in contemporary black ink on front free endpaper, dark dampstain at bottom fore-edge corner of later leaves, else a Very Good, still quite brilliant copy.
Oft-reprinted novel combining adventure and whaling story with zoological descriptions and a "phantasmagorical view of life in Northern Africa" (Harold Bloom, "Herman Melville" (2009), p. 89), considered by some academics as a sourcebook for Herman Melville's "Pierre." See Wright I 1852-5 for earlier American editions.