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The text of the Northwestern–Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville is set in eleven-point Monophoto Bembo, two points leaded. The exceptionally handsome type face is a modern rendering of designs made by Francesco Griffo for the office of Aldus Manutius in Venice and first used for printing, in 1495, of the tract De Aetna by Cardinal Pietro Bembo. The display face is Bruce Rogers's Centaur, a twentieth-century design based on and reflective of the late-fifteenth-century Venetian models of Nicolas Jenson.

This volume was composed by William Clowes & Sons, Ltd., of Beccles, Suffolk, England. It was printed and bound by Kingsport Press, Inc., of Kingsport, Tennessee. The typography and binding design of the edition are by Paul Randall Mize.

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