SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver, first a Surgeon, then a Captain of several ships London: for Benj[amin] Motte, 1726.

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SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745.
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver, first a Surgeon, then a Captain of several ships London: for Benj[amin] Motte, 1726.

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SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745.
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver, first a Surgeon, then a Captain of several ships London: for Benj[amin] Motte, 1726.
4 parts in 2 volumes. 8vo (194 x 119 mm). General title, 4 section titles, volume I: engraved portrait of the author in its second state, 6 engraved plates comprising 4 maps and 2 plans, G6 and 2E8 in volume II cancels. 19th-century red morocco by Bedford.
Provenance: Henry Francis Redhead Yorke (1842-1914; armorial bookplate).

FIRST EDITION OF GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, TEERINK'S "A" EDITION, one of the greatest satirical fables of the 18th century, which was published on 28 October 1726 and sold out within two weeks. "Of all the works of eighteenth-century English literature, it is probably Gulliver's Travels that is the best-known and most widely read today" (ODNB). Swift was one of the Greatest satirists of his time, hiding behind his various noms de plume, he poked fun at the social and political issues of the day, "the Prince of pamphleteers and satirists" (PMM). He was born in Dublin, came to London in 1689 as secretary to Sir William Temple, and became friends with Pope, Addison, Steele and others, and also founded the "Scriblerus Club" with the object of satirizing current follies. A remarkably clean and crisp copy in a handsome binding. "Gulliver's Travels has achieved the final apotheosis of a satirical fable" (PMM 185). ESTC T139451; Teerink 289, "A" edition; Rothschild 2104.
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SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver, first a Surgeon, then a Captain of several ships London: for Benj[amin] Motte, 1726.
SWIFT, JONATHAN. 1667-1745. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World ... by Lemuel Gulliver, first a Surgeon, then a Captain of several ships London: for Benj[amin] Motte, 1726.
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