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The Works of Rev. Jonathan Swift. Arranged by Thomas Sheridan . corrected and revised by John Nichols
Published by William Durell and Company, New York 1812 - First American edition of Swift's collected works with first American edition of "Tale of a Tub" (volume 3, 1812). 24 vols. 12mo. Thomas Sheridan (1719-1788) was the son of Swift's friend, the husband of Mrs. Francis Sheridan, the dramatist, and the father of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The "Works of Swift, with Life" first appeared in 1784 in 18 octavo volumes. Sheridan had been a friend of Johnson's, but after a falling out, Sheridan stated that Johnson had "gigantic fame in these days of little men" to which Johnson responded "Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity is not in nature." John Nichols (1745-1826) was a printer, author and prolific editor. His corrected and revised edition of Sheridan's Swift was first published in 1801 and reprinted in 1803 and 1808 in 19 volumes (DNB). Shaw and Shoemaker 26839; Teerink 132 Reverse calf binding, circa 1830s, with black morocco labels for titles and volume numbers, simple black fleurons tooled on spine and edges of boards, ownership signature dated 1838. Some light rubbing of bindings, minor discoloration of text, else a fine example of this set and most unusual at having survived in such condition First American edition of Swift's collected works with first American edition of "Tale of a Tub" (volume 3, 1812).
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