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English Literature and HistoryLot 141
SWIFT, JONATHANTRAVELS INTO SEVERAL REMOTE NATIONS OF THE WORLD [GULLIVER'S TRAVELS]London, Motte, 1726. 2 volumes, 8vo, FIRST EDITION uncertain issue, with the following points noted: engraved portrait frontispiece is in second state, as usual; both titles dated 1726 with no edition stated; Part 1 p35 has 'Subsidies' correctly spelled; Part 3 p74 is correctly numbered; part 4 p52 has correctly-spelled 'but his'. A near-fine copy, advert leaf to vol 1, 6 plates (inc 5 maps) present and correct, small unobtrusive wormhole to blank lower margin of a few leaves in vol 1, final 8 leaves of vol 1 have professional lower-margin repairs nowhere near text and barely noticeable, text clean and fresh throughout. Expertly bound in 19th century green calf by Zaehnsdorf, spines gilt in compartments, double red morocco labels, triple gilt fillets to boards, all edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles and marbled endpapers, a very handsome set of one of the greatest works in English Literature (2)