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image of Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. He is remembered for his works such as Gulliver’s Travels. Swift is regarded by the ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica’ as the foremost prose satirist in the English language and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms or anonymously. He was also known for being a master of two styles of Satire, Horatian and Juvenalian. Swift’s most famous work is Gulliver’s Travels, considered his masterpiece. As with his other writings, it was originally published under a pseudonym, in this case the fictional Lemuel Gulliver. The work has often been categorised as a children’s book, though it is in fact a satire of human nature based on Swift’s experiences of his time.


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Illustrated. Dublin: De Búrca, 1999. pp. xv, 175. Large post octavo. Bound in quarter green morocco on marbled boards, title in gilt along spine; green and gold endbands. Top edge gilt. Fine.
[SWIFT, Jonathan] A Tale of a Tub. To which is added, The Battle of the Books and the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit.
[SWIFT, Jonathan] A Tale of a Tub. To which is added, The Battle of the Books and the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit. Illustrated with seven hand-coloured plates. 102 London: The Fraser Press, 1970. pp. 198, [1]. Erratum loosely inserted. Tall slim octavo. Edition limited to 1500 copies for sale [...]
London: Printed for Charles Bathurst, 1768. Octavo. pp. [2], xvii, [1], 190, [8 (Plates). Contemporary full calf, title in gilt on red morocco label on gilt decorated spine. Mild wear to joints and extremities. Crisp clean internally. A very good copy. Clean, unmarked pages. A very good copy.
London: Anno 1711. Octavo. pp. 310. Contemporary full vellum, title in gilt on red morocco label on spine. A near fine copy. First published in 1704, Swift’s “A Tale of a Tub,” was a biting satire on religious excess. “The work made Swift notorious, and was widely misunderstood, especially [...]
With illustrations by Thomas Morten. Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, 1979. Demy octavo. pp. [xii], 337. Bound in quarter brown morocco on decorated cloth boards, titled in gilt; marbled endpapers; gold and brown endbands; silk marker. All edges marbled. A fine copy.
By the Author of The Conduct of the Allies. To which are added, the said Barrier-Treaty, with the two separate articles; part of the counter-project; the sentiments of Prince Eugene and Count Sinzendorf, upon the said Treaty; and a representation of the English merchants at Bruges. The second edition. London: [...]
London: Printed for Hector McClean, 1823. 12mo. Bound in contemporary full maroon straight grain morocco. Covers bordered in gilt with a decorative ‘v’ roll with foliate insets surrounded by a band of five rules, spines with raised bans, panels with ornate foliate spray, turn-ins gilt. A.e.g. Front board [...]
Dublin: Printed by George Faulkner, in Essex Street, 1742/46. Crown octavo. Contemporary full Dublin mottled calf, cream endpapers, board edges hatched in gilt. Spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands, title in gilt on contrasting red and olive green morocco labels, the remainder elaborately tooled in gilt; [...]
With memoir of the author, by Thomas Roscoe; Portrait and autograph. London: Henry Washbourne, 1841. Medium octavo. pp. (1) lxxxiv, 844, (2) iv, 854 (all double column). Bound in contemporary full polished calf. Covers framed by double gilt fillets; spine divided into six panels by five gilt raised bands; title and volume number [...]
London: Charles Griffin, [1868]. First edition. Medium octavo. pp. viii, 608. Green cloth over bevelled boards, upper cover decorated in blind and gilt with a medallion portrait of Swift in gilt at centre, title in gilt on spine. A fine copy. Very scarce. COPAC locates 9 copies only [L4 Mantelpiece]
London: Nimmo & Bain, 1882. Demy octavo. pp. xliv, 363. Contemporary full tree calf, covers framed by a gilt Greek-key roll with ornate corner tooling; board edges and turn-ins gilt; splash-marbled endpapers; red and green endpapers. Armorial bookplate of Henry Forrester on front pastedown; decorative bookplate of Frank Graham on [...]

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