Bureaucracy : The Piazza Tales


This first edition of Herman Melville’s short story collection The Piazza Tales was published by Dix and Edwards in 1856.  With the exception of the story “The Piazza,” all of the stories were originally published in the magazine Putnam’s Monthly.  Joshua Dix (a former employee of Arthur Putnam) and Arthur Edwards had purchased that magazine in 1855, with the new book and magazine publishers working to maintain the successes of their predecessors.

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