London: Constable and Company Ltd, 1922-1924. The Standard edition, ltd. 750 sets. Large 8vo, 16 volumes. Bound in original publishers blind stamped cloth, with gilt lettering. Top Edge Gilt. The volume titled: "Poems" lacks a 1/2 inch triangle of cloth at the top of the spine, some intermittant pencil underling, "Piazza Tales" has a closed tear from one leaf having been carelesslessly opened, couple of dj flaps laid in, couple of nicks at the extremities of the spines, otherwise this is a nice clean set, previous owner's bookplate on the end paper. This set includes the first publication of Melville's Billy Budd, which was discovered in manuscript among Melville's papers at the time. BAL 13680, 13682, 13683. An excellent complete set. Item #51856
Blanck also notes that "The Confidence Man" volume contains a bibliography of Melville's work by Michael Sadleir; "Miscellaneous Poems" and "At the Hostery" appear in a book, here, for the first time.