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Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World
, 1726. 1726. first edition. First "AA" EditionIn A-1 Condition[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. First (Teerrick's AA) edition (second octavo edition), with all errata as noted by Teerick, issued "medio November 1726," not quite three weeks after the first octavo edition. Four parts in two octavo volumes (7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches; 191 x 117 mm.). xvi, 148; [6], 164; [6], 155, [1, blank]; [8], 199, [1, blank] pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver in the second state, with the inscription “Captain Lemuel Gulliver of Redriff. Ætat. suæ LVIII.” around the oval frame, the tablet below bearing a Latin inscription; five engraved maps, two for Part III (facing pp. [1] and 39) and one for each of the other Parts (facing p. [1]), and an engraved plate of symbols in Part III (facing p. 74). Decorative woodcut and typographic head- and tail-pieces and initials.Contemporary calf paneled in blind. With the bookplate of William 6th Baron Monson (1796-1862) . Spines expertly and almost invisibly restored. An unusually clean, attractive, and excellent copy."The first five editions of Gulliver's Travels were all published by Benjamin Motte. They form a group together, and give rise to the following observations:(1) A edition (1st 8vo edition), publ. 28 Oct. 1726.(2) AA edition (2d 8vo edition), publ. medio Nov. 1726.(3) B edition (3d 8vo edition), publ. Dec. 1726.(4) Second Edition (4th 8vo edition), publ. May 4, 1727(5) [Third Edition] (1st 12mo edition), with the year 1727 but published early in 1728.The first three editions, long considered different issues only, have been proved to be separate editions...This sequence has the advantage of being the conventional one. Pope, Swift, and Ford all meant the 1727 8vo edition when they spoke of the 'second' edition" (Teerink). In this, the "AA" edition, the general title to Volume II notes "second edition," and the special title to Part IV has "Voyage" in lower case; it is all in upper case in edition "A." Both volume I and volume II in this copy conform to Teerink's AA: the first volume is usually married with a Teerink B copy of volume II."Gulliver’s Travels, to use the popular title, is one of the greatest satires in the English language—or any language, for that matter. It was an immediate success, which accounts in part for its bibliographical complexity, and has been hailed as a book that “would last as long as the language, because it described the vices of man in all nations” (D.N.B.).“Gulliver’s Travels has given Swift an immortality beyond temporary fame…All those who had been fascinated by the realism and vivid detail of Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe were captivated again, even though they knew that Gulliver must be fiction. The brilliance and thoroughness with which his logic and invention work out the picquancies of scale involved by the giant human among the Lilliputians, and then by a minikin Gulliver among the Brobdingnagians, ran away with the author’s original intenation. Gulliver’s Travels has achieved the final apotheosis of a satirical fable, but it has also become a tale for children. For every edition designed for the reader with an eye to the historical background, twenty have appeared, abridged or adapted, for readers who care nothing for the satire and enjoy it as a first-class story” (Printing and the Mind of Man). Teerink 290. Grolier, 100 English 42. Hubbard, pp. 15-17. Printing and the Mind of Man 185. Rothschild 2104.
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