London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1727. Mixed Edition. Volume I is first edition, Teerink issue B with the continuous pagination, Volume II second edition. Volume II title-page dated 1727 and with the edition statement that reads "The Second Edition, Corrected." Four parts in two octavo volumes (7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches; 190 x 116 mm). viii, , -148; , -310; [2, publisher's ads], , 155, [1, blank]; , 199, [1, blank] pp. With engraved frontispiece, five engraved maps and engraved plate of symbols. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver in the second state, as is usual (the first state only seen in large paper copies). Portrait has the inscription "Captain Lemuel Gulliver of Redriff. Ætat. suæ LVIII." around the oval the tablet bearing a Latin inscription, printed on paper with vertical chain-lines. Containing numerous woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials.Beautifully bound by Morrell, London for Thomas W. Best in full green-blue 19th-century morocco. Boards decoratively ruled in gilt with corner devices. Spines stamped and lettered in gilt. Board edges gilt, and gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown of each volume. Outer hinges with some slight rubbing. Title-page of volume I with some minor darkening. Overall a beautiful set.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 intention. 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).Grolier, 100 English, 42. Hubbard, pp. 15-17. Printing and the Mind of Man 185. Rothschild 2104. Teerink. (Inventory #: 1296)
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