Inspired by this question, I'm curious as to which exact printing of Moby Dick (edition, year, publisher) appears on Khan's bookshelf in The Wrath of Khan:

enter image description here

Does anyone know?

  • Interesting how other books on Khan's shelf are also relevant to the story.
    – RichS
    Apr 12, 2017 at 6:36
  • Any idea what the two books are to the left of King Lear? Feb 4, 2018 at 9:46

1 Answer 1


Good possibility that it is this edition. Signet Classic logo on the spine, green border visible on the cover, and typeface is similar

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here

(found here) - http://www.ebay.com/itm/1961-Moby-Dick-by-Herman-Melville-CT47-signet-classic-/162110063894

  • 6
    It can't be exactly that printing, because the words "Herman" and "Melville" are placed one after the other along the spine, rather than on top of each other as in the OP's photo. Still, good find, and you've certainly got the publisher right!
    – Rand al'Thor
    Apr 12, 2017 at 0:57
  • 1
    good catch on Melville's name on the spine - it's definitely an edition of this though imo. I'll see what I can dig up to get a better match on the spine
    – NKCampbell
    Apr 12, 2017 at 0:59
  • 2
    I'm impressed! I'll give you more time to see if you can get that better match on the spine. (It could be the same edition but a slight regional variation in the formatting.)
    – Praxis
    Apr 12, 2017 at 1:24
  • 1
    The book from the movie does have the Signet logo, but the cover appears to have a white border, not a green border.
    – Joe L.
    Apr 12, 2017 at 12:52
  • 1
    @JoeL. That could just be fading from age.
    – Roger
    Apr 12, 2017 at 13:27

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.