SWIFT, Jonathan. The History of the Four Last Years of the Queen
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SWIFT, Jonathan. The History of the Four Last Years of the Queen. Published from the last manuscript copy, corrected and enlarged by the author’s own hand. London: Miller, 1758. First edition. pp. xvi, 392. Contemporary full sprinkled calf, title in gilt on professionally rebacked spine. Name in ink in capitals on front endpaper, W.S. Hunt. All edges sprinkled. Wear to surface of lower cover. Very good copy. Scarce.
Swift wrote the History in 1713 but was repeatedly dissuaded from publishing it during his lifetime. Intending to publish it in 1713, he continued to work on it for years. Publication was blocked in 1727 and 1737 and eventually it was issued in the 1758 edition amongst much controversy.
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