With kings and counselors
Update for 116²:
There has died and been buried in this city, during the current week, at an advanced age, a man who is so little known, even by name, to the generation now in the vigor of life that only one newspaper contained an obituary account of him, and this was but of three or four lines.
Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891.
Herman Melville designed his own tombstone with the blank scroll. The box on the stone is an offering of Baleine Salt, Seasalt Coarse Crystals, made by Wade Shepard from Vagabond Journey, whose documentary photograph was relevant enough for Wikipedia.
Woodlawn Cemetery, Herman Melville’s last repose in the Bronx, where he never lived, does not feature any memorial about him or his neighbours Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, save the foundation order for his gravelot.
In post-Claudius-Ptolemyan navigation, Herman Melville’s grave is on
40° 53′ 32.94” Northern Latitude,
73° 52′ 02.91” Western Longitude:
Images: MuseumPlanet: Woodlawn Cemetery Entrance;
Wade Shepard: The grave of Herman Melville in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY, October 2008;
An offering of Baleine salt at Herman Melville’s grave: Vagabond Journey;
Foundation order for Lot of Herman Melville: Woodlawn Cemetery Lot Cards, 1910;
Rebecca for Find a Grave;