• Bookshop: B & L Rootenberg (United States)
  • ILAB-LILA Member
  • Publishing year: 1727
  • Publisher: Benj. Motte
  • Subjects: Literature
  • Shipment weight: 750 g
  • Publishing place: London

Bibliographic details

Fourth 8vo. edition Complete with frontispiece portrait in volume 1, with inscription within oval frame, 5 maps and 1 plate of symbols, woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary calf; a number of leaves browned or waterstained, especially on the preliminary and end blank leaves, otherwise a very nice copy from the collection of Nathaniel E. Stein, late President of the Manuscript Society. Despite "second edition" on both title pages, Terrink cites this as the fourth octavo edition; three editions were published the prior year. These are the voyages of the Captain Gulliver, whose (unintended) mission was to seek out strange new places and peoples and to go where no man has gone before. A shipwrecked castaway, Gulliver encounters diminutive Lilliputians, the primitive and crude giants of Brobdingnag, abstracted scientists of Laputa, philosophical Houyhnhnms, and later, the brutish Yahoos. Somewhat a satire and a parody on human nature, Gulliver's travels has not been out of print since its first publication. It is the best-known full-length work of Swift, and a classic of English literature. PMM, 185. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

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