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826 16 Ave NW
Calgary
Alberta
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T2M 0J9
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826 16 Ave NW
Calgary
Alberta
Canada
T2M 0J9
Contact Cameron Treleaven Katie Yablecki
Telephone +1 403 282 5832
Fax +1 403 289 0814
Specialists Polar Exploration, Western Canadiana, Mountaineering, Voyages, Charles Van Sandwyk
Aquila Books
Stand G13

Swift, Jonathan and Rex Whistler

Engravings by Rex Whistler for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels [with the original copper printing plate for plate III], London: H. M. Fletcher, 1970

Folio(11” x 14.5”). Clamshell case containing 31 leaves in total and an original printing plate. Clamshell case bound in 3/4 green Morocco cream paper covered boards and green linen inner lining; gold gilt lettering stamped to the spine. Out of the 31 leaves, 27 are illustrations printed from the original plates, with the remaining leaves being composed of an introduction and publication information. All leaves printed on handmade paper with deckled edges. The engraved plates are composed of 12 hand-coloured plates, 5 maps, 4 head pieces, 4 tail pieces and two title-vignette. This is one of 26 unnumbered copies with one of the original copper plates--the plate in question with this copy is plate III which is a highly detail map of the Kingdoms of Lilliput. The inside of the rear board of the clamshell case has a recessed panel for the plate with a clear layer of plastic to hold it in. Also, the printer’s original paper wrapping with the engraving that corresponds with the plate is contained in a clear plastic sleeve on the inside of the front board of the case. The boards of the case are a bit soiled, especially to the edges, and bowed. All of the leaves are clean. Overall, an extremely attractive and scarce set.

Note
Rex Whistler originally did the illustrations for the Cresset Press edition of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, which was published in 1930 and limited to a printing of 205 copies, with ten of those being printed on Roman vellum. The engravings produced in this set were printed from the original plates used in the Cresset Press edition, along with the actual copper plate. Reginald John "Rex" Whistler (24 June 1905 – 18 July 1944) was a British artist, designer and illustrator. His work encompassed all areas of art and design – from the West End theatre to book illustration (including works by Evelyn Waugh and Walter de la Mare, and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels) and mural and trompe-l'oeil painting. The illustrations done for Gulliver’s Travels are impressively intricate and imaginative and serve as a fine example of Whistler’s prowess as an artist.
£3,300