Herman Melville’s Charles and Henry Book List, 1849

“Hardly the carefully ordered reading program of a university, but since Melville declared in Moby-Dick (Chapter 24) that ‘a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard,’ this little library should be taken into account among his early formative influences.”

See also Melville’s chapter on the “Library of the Man-of-war” in White-jacket.

Goodrich, Samuel G.Moral Tales: or, A Selection of Interesting Stories. (New York: Nafis & Cornish, 1840).
Cardell, William S.Story of Jack Halyard, the Sailor Boy… Thirteenth edition. (Philadelphia: L. Johnson, 1835).
Abbott, Jacob. The Young Christian… Revised ed, (New York: American Tract Society, 1832-36?).
“Family Library.” 4 selections from Harper’s Family Library. (New York: Harper, 1830- ).
Colton, Walter. A Visit to Constantinople and Athens. (New York: Leavitt, Lord, 1836).
American Revolution,” 33c. [Unidentified.]
Shipwreck on Desert Island, 58c. (Philadelphia: James Kay, 1840).
Holden, Horace. A Narrative of the Shipwreck, Captivity and Sufferings of Horace Holden and Benj. H. Nute. 4th edition. (Boston: Weeks, Jordan, 1839).
Howitt, Mary Botham. Strive and Thrive. (Boston: James Munroe, 1840).
History of Banking . 25c.
The Victims of Gaming . (Boston: Weeks, Jordan, 1838).p
Howitt, Mary Botham. Hope on! Hope Ever! Or the Boyhood of Felix Law. (New York: Appleton, 1841).
Abbott, Jacob. Fire-side Piety, or The Duties and Enjoyments of Family Religion. (New York: Leavitt, Lord, 1834).
James, John Angell. The Young Man from Home. (New York: Appleton, 1840).
Lowell, John. Are You a Christian or a Calvinist. (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1815). [Heflin gives full title as follows: Are you a Christian or a Calvinist? Or Do You Prefer the Authority of Christ to That of the Genevan Reformer? Both the Form and Spirit of These Questions Being Suggested by the Late Review of American Unitarianism in the Panoplist and By the Rev. Mr. Worcester’s Letter to Mr. Channing. To Which Are Added, Some Strictures on Both Those Works. By a Layman. (Boston, Wells & Lilly, 1815).]
Readings in History . 30c. [Unidentified] Possibly Mrs. Lydia Huntley Sigourney’s Evening Readings in History. (Springfield: 1833).
Leslie, Eliza. Pencil Sketches. Three vols. (Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1833-37).
Marryat, Frederick. Poor Jack. [45c]. Two vols. (Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1840).
Hildreth, Richard. The Contrast: or William Henry Harrison versus Martin van Buren. (Boston: Weeks, Jordan, 1840). . The Cabinet of Literature. [37c]. (New York: the Booksellers, 1835).
Fire Side Book [38c]. [Unidentified]
Washington [50c]. [Unidentified]
Lamennais, Felicite Robert de. The People’s Own Book. [25c]. (Boston: Charles Little & James Brown, 1839).
Child, Lydia Maria Francis. The Coronal. [37c]. (Boston: Carter and Hendee, 1832).
Saint-Pierre, Bernardin de. Paul and Virginia. [25c]. (London: W.S. Orr, 1839).
The Religious Magazine [Abbott’s Magazine 87c]. Three vols? (Boston: William Peirce, 1833- ).
The Family Magazine . Vol. 2 [88c]. (New-York: Redfield, 1834- ).

Total $16.24