Travels into Several remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver…. Jonathan SWIFT.

Travels into Several remote Nations of the World… By Lemuel Gulliver…
Travels into Several remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver…

London: Benjamin Motte, 1726.

Two volumes, octavo, with four maps, two plans and engraved frontispiece portrait (second state); panelled calf, sides bordered and decorated in gilt and blind, spines ornately panelled in gilt with triple lettering pieces, all edges gilt, by Morrell.

Gulliver's Travels: mixed first and second states of the first edition, in a Morrell binding

One of the greatest of all works of English literature. This is a particularly attractive set of the first edition of Gulliver's Travels, the first volume in Teerink's state 'A' and the second state 'AA': that is, the first and second states of the three original printings of the first edition. A further state ('B') followed. As Teerink shows, although the words "Second Edition" appear on the title-page of the second volume, this was not followed in the later state 'B' and the subsequent edition of 1727 became the real "second edition".

One of the greatest of all works of English literature. This is a particularly attractive set of the first edition of Gulliver's Travels, the first volume in Teerink's state 'A' and the second state 'AA': that is, the first and second states of the three original printings of the first edition. A further state ('B') followed. As Teerink shows, although the words "Second Edition" appear on the title-page of the second volume, this was not followed in the later state 'B' and the subsequent edition of 1727 became the real "second edition".

"One of the most famous English books of all time - Gulliver's Travels - is a series of imaginary voyages partly set in Australia. The hero is made a cousin of William Dampier and in the very year (1699) when Dampier was exploring the north-west of Australia, Gulliver's ship is 'driven by a violent storm to the north-west of Van Diemen's Land'. With a latitude given as 32°2' south, the imaginary Lilliput, setting of the first of Gulliver's four voyages, is placed somewhere in South Australia… Gulliver's Travels is an essential starting point for any collection of fictitious voyages to Australia…" (Davidson). With its map of an imaginary 'South Australia' coast and obvious derivation from Dampier, this must be the greatest work of literature associated with Australia.

Teerink, 289/290; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', pp. 39-40; Printing and the Mind of Man, 1

Price (AUD): $16,000.00  other currencies Ref: #4505164