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Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World - SWIFT Jonathan - 1727. [1272972]
1727 - SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World. In four parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships". London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726 [i.e., 1727]. Two volumes. Octavo, early 20th-century mottled calf gilt, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, brown morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $4600.Second edition (one year after the first) of Swift's classic satire, the famous voyages from Lilliput to the land of the Houyhnhnms that entertain the imaginations of children""and challenge the morals of their elders.A classic "at once a favorite book of children and a summary of bitter scorn for mankind," Swift's masterpiece will "last as long as the language, because it describes the vices of man in all nations" (DNB). "A remarkable feat in the creation of imaginary worlds as a vehicle for satire upon the political and religious establishments of the day" (Clute & Grant, 914). "Of all Swift's writings it best shows the merits of his mind and his gifts of expression". It is important to realize that it could be written only by one who had the highest ideals for human achievement and who despaired of the achieving" (Baugh et al., 865-66)""although Swift himself expressed this hope for his "Travells" to a friend: "They are admirable Things, and will wonderfully mend the world" (Rothschild 2104). First published October 28, 1726 (Teerink "A"); subsequent issues published November 1726 (Teerink "AA") and December 1726 (Teerink "B"). This edition was published May 4, 1727. A duodecimo edition was printed prior to this edition, but was not published until early 1728. This copy with general and special title pages supplied from an earlier edition (apparently Teerink "B," due to lack of comma following the word "Year" on the Part IV special title page); without Part I special title page. Frontispiece in second state (Teerink's state 2a), with Latin inscription on tablet and vertical chain lines, as usual. With six plates (four maps and two plans) as well as numerous woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Teerink 293. See: PMM 185; Grolier 100 42; Anatomy of Wonder II-1114; Fantasy and Horror 2-55. Bookplates of noted St. Louis collector Captain J.F. Hinckley.Joints and extremities expertly reinforced, text fine. A handsomely bound copy in very nearly fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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