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Jonathan Swift

Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

Benj. Motte

1726

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First edition, mixed state of Swift's Gulliver's Travels, or, Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.

  • Sold as a set of 2.
  • Jonathan Swift (Irish).
  • London: Benj. Motte, 1726.
  • Bound in 20th-century full paneled imitation period calf with gilt tooling, morocco labels and gilt titling to paneled spine.
  • Housed in a custom quarter red morocco slipcase.


The first three editions were published within two months, with the first edition (Teerink's State A) published on October 28, 1726, the second (Teerink's State AA) in November 1726 and the third (Teerink's State B) in December 1726. While previously thought to be just separate issues, later bibliographical research has shown they are actually different editions. In respect to both Swift's own opinions and previous bibliographical work, they are all considered first editions.


Volume 1 is Teerink's State AA, also known as the second issue or second printing, with misspellings, including Part I, p. 35, line 5 has "Subsidues"; Volume 2 is Teerink's State B, also known as the third issue or third printing, with continuous pagination; Portrait in state 2a, with vertical chainlines.

Literature

Teerink 290/291.

PMM 185.

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Rear board of Volume 1 and front board of Volume 2 with matching wear showing some minor damage where the volumes stuck together.

Small worming isolated to the surface layer of boards.

Rear board of Volume 2 with similar wear.

"B.2" in ink to front pastedowns.

Bookplate of Frederick S. Peck to front pastedowns.

Feature(s)

First Edition

Language

English

Subject

Travel, topography and voyages, Novels

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