SWIFT, Jonathan. A Tale of a Tub. Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind. To which is added an account of a Battel between the Antient and Modern Books in St. James’s Library.


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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 by Queen Anne herself who mistook its purpose for profanity.” Ousby, I. (1993). The Cambridge guide to literature in English. A discourse concerning the mechanical operation of the spirit. Page 269-310 has special titlepage. A pirated edition, set from the 3rd edition.


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