Moby-Dick in Pictures by Matt Kish
In the graphic adaptation Moby-Dick in Pictures, released by Tin House Books in October, artist Matt Kish presents an illustration for every page of the 552-page classic. These eleven images are from Chapter XXXII: Cetology, in which Herman Melville catalogues species of marine mammals, "the great sperm whale" being ruler of all cetaceans. The captions represent the passages and chapter sections on which Kish based his drawings.
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"As yet, however, the Sperm Whale, scientific or poetic, lives not complete in any literature. Far above all other hunted whales, his is an unwritten life."
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"To be short, then, a whale is a spouting fish with a horizontal tail. There you have him."
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BOOK I (Folio), CHAPTER I (Sperm Whale).
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BOOK I (Folio), CHAPTER II (Right Whale).
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"The Fin-Back is not gregarious. He seems a whale-hater, as some men are man-haters. Very shy; always going solitary; unexpectedly rising to the surface in the remotest and most sullen waters…."
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BOOK I (Folio), CHAPTER IV (Hump Back).
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BOOK I (Folio), CHAPTER VI (Sulphur Bottom).
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BOOK II (Octavo), CHAPTER III (Narwhale).
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BOOK II (Octavo), CHAPTER V (Thrasher).
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BOOK III (Duodecimo), CHAPTER II (Algerine Porpoise).
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BOOK III (Duodecimo), CHAPTER III (Mealymouthed Porpoise).