Herman Melville. Moby-Dick, or, The Whale. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851.
In Moby-Dick, the narrator Ishmael meets the South Pacific islander Queequeg during a whaling voyage. While living on board ship, the two become close ("a cosy, loving pair"), despite having been raised in extremely different cultures. Melville used the unusual setting to depict their friendship as a valid alternative to male-female domestic relations.
Fortunately, the Library Company acquired this copy from the first American edition soon after publication. In 1853 a fire at Harpers' destroyed the remaining copies as well as the stereotype plates.