W. O. Pettit is a book collector who collects one title, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. He has over 175 editions that he writes about on his blog The Moby-Dick Collection.
This week the New York Times reviewed Nathaniel Philbrick’s book Why Read Moby-Dick? and they used Mr. Pettit’s book covers to present a slide show of the visual interpretations of Melville’s classic.
There is a nice interview of Mr. Pettit at All Over Albany
that explains his collection and it’s raison d’être.
The Providence Athenaeum has been obsessed with Moby Dick for awhile now (see our Hark! The White Whale! series) and our current exhibit has three foreign language editions, generously on loan, from the Moby-Dick Collection of W. O. Pettit! Further synchronicity: Nathaniel Philbrick spoke at last Friday’s Salon on Why Read Moby-Dick? Oh Athena!