SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745.
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Benj. Motte, 1726. 4 parts in 2 volumes. xvi, 148; , 164; , 155, [1 blank], , 199 pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece, 5 engraved maps and another engraved plate. 8vo (194 x 115 mm). Late 19th century full red morocco gilt, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt. Evenly toned, light wear to joints, slight chip to head of volume 2.
Special copy of the first edition, Teerink's "A" edition, with portrait in second state. This copy with fragment from a vellum document signed by Swift as Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin laid in to front flyleaf of vol 2: "Swift Decan Ecle / Sti Patr Dublin." This signature is mounted above a paper seal which appears to be also from St Patrick's. Bound in to volume one at front is a leaf of contemporary manuscript, "To Quinbus Flestrum, An Ode by Titty Tit Poet Laureat to ye Emperor of Lilliput." At the end of vol 1 there is a sheet of letterpress with a key to the anagrams used in the Lilliputian debates. With bookseller's label of Robson & Kerslake.
This is a most desirable antique pairing of a rare Swift signature with his anonymously published masterpiece. We find a similar Swift signature from the collection of F.W. Joy selling at Sotheby's in 1887, around the date of this binding. Teerink 289.