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Published by Oxford University Press in Oxford [England], New York .
Written in English


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Edition Notes

StatementHerman Melville ; edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Milder.
SeriesThe World"s Classics
ContributionsMilder, Robert.
LC ClassificationsPS2382 .M55 1997
The Physical Object
Paginationxlvii, 410 p. ;
Number of Pages410
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL662714M
ISBN 100192833030
ISBN 109780192833037
LC Control Number97008211

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