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92 Malone Road
Belfast
BT9 5HP
Contact Peter Rowan
Telephone 02890 666448
Specialists Ireland, Irish History & Culture, Manuscripts, Maps, Literature, Economics, Sciences, History of Ideas, Travel, Rare Books in all fields (15th to 20th Centuries)
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Stand F02

VERY HANDSOME COPY IN CONTEMPORARY SPRINKLED CALF

SWIFT, Jonathan]

Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, first a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships , London: Printed for Benj. Motte 1726 - 1728

'first' edition, third printing (Teerink's B edition) 2 vols. (two parts in each volume) 8vo. Vol.I: viii (volume title page, table of parts, 'Publisher to the Reader'), [4 (divisional title to pt. I & contents), 148, [6 (divisional title to pt.II & contents)], (149)-310: Vol.II: [6 (volume & divisional title & contents], 154, [8 (divisional title & contents)], (155)-353, [1 (blank)]pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver in vol. 1 (in the second state as usual, the legend lettered around the oval frame, a Latin quotation below, vertical chain lines), 4 maps and 2 plans, contemporary sprinkled calf, double gilt fillet borders on sides, spines panelled by raised bands, panels decorated in gilt, russet morocco labels gilt ... [with]

Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. By Capt. Lemuel Gulliver. Vol.III
London: Printed in the Year: 1727 first edition (spurious work, not by Swift) 8vo. (in 2 parts) [8 (half-title, title & contents)], 110, 111-110, 111-118; [8 (divisional title & contents)], 159pp., frontispiece plate, contemporary sprinkled calf uniform with the previous .... [with]

[SMEDLEY, Jonathan] Gulliveriana: or, a Fourth Volume of Miscellanies. Being a Sequel of the Three Volumes, published by Pope and Swift. To which is added, Alexanderiana; or, A Comparison between the Ecclesiastical and Poetical Pope. And many Things, in Verse and Prose, relating to the latter. With an ample Preface; and a Critique on the Third Volume of Miscellanies lately publish’d by those two facetious Writers.
London: Printed for J. Roberts: 1728 first edition 8vo. xliv, 344pp., frontispiece plate, contemporary sprinkled calf almost uniform with the previous (central gilt tool in spine panels similar but not the same as in other volumes).
The four volumes in uniform contemporary bindings, some joints sometime very skilfully refurbished (virtually undetectable), the handsome labels are probably a renewal. Fine copy in its first binding.

Note
Teerink-Scouten, 291 (Swift's Gulliver, B edition), 293 (Vol. III) and 32 (Smedley) Printing and the Mind of Man, 185
The first printing of Gulliver's Travels published by Motte on 28th October 1726 (Teerink A) sold out in a week and was quickly followed by two further and subtly different Motte printings (Teerink AA and B) in mid Nov. and December 1726. These three octavo Motte editions, long though of as separate issues only, have been proved to be separate printings but Teerink-Scouten considered "it advisable to stick to the well-established practice of calling the three editions first (A, AA and B), the 1727 8vo. edition second, and the 1727 (=1731) 12mo. edition third" [p.193].
“Gulliver’s Travels has given Swift an immortality beyond temporary fame. … [Although intended as a satire on the court and the parties its] sustained logic in invention and a facility for absorbing the reader till fiction becomes a reality, brought Swift a different and far wider readership than he had envisaged. ... The brilliance and thoroughness with which his logic and invention work out the piquancies of scale involved by the giant human among the Lilliputian and then by a minikin Gulliver among the Brobdingnagians, ran away with the author’s original intentions. Gulliver's Travels has achieved the final apotheosis of a satirical fable, but has also become a tale for children. For every edition designed for the reader with an eye to the historical background, twenty have appeared, abridged or adapted, for readers who care nothing for the satire and enjoy it as a first-class story” [Printing and the Mind of Man].
The spurious Vol.III is in two parts: "Part I (A Second Voyage to Brobdingnag, and A Voyage to Sporunda) is an imitation of Swift and Part II (A Voyage to Sevarambia) has been stolen from; The History of the Sevarites or Sevarambi, by one Captain Siden (ie, Denis de Veiras, or Denys Vairasse d'Alais), London, Printed for Henry Brome, 12mo. 2 vols. 1675-9 ... The reason why I have included this volume here [following the Gulliver B edition] is, not only that in antiquarian catalogues it is frequently offered with the two volumes of the genuine Travels, but principally because the translations generally, at least during the 18th century, add it to the genuine work" [Teerink-Scouton].
Smedley (Dublin, c1671 - 1729), Church of Ireland clergyman and author, "is chiefly remembers for a series of skirmished in print with Jonathan Swift which began with verses he wrote on the occasion of the latter's installation as dean of St. Patrick's in 1713 ... In 1728 he published two satirical works, containing a large measure of bitterness and coarseness. The first was The Metamorphosis, a verse attack on Swift and Alexander Pope. The second was a compilation, principally of pieces by Smedley himself, entitled Gulliveriana a mock continuation of the three volumes of Miscellanies in Prose and Verse by Swift, Pope and others .... Swift retaliated by inserting Smedley in the 1729 edition of The Dunciad" [Dictionary of Irish Biography, v.8, p. 1006]. Gulliveriana does contain two genuine pieces by Swift, viz. 'Elegy on Demar' and 'The Journal'.
This copy was offered by the Dublin antiquarian booksellers Faulkner Grierson in their catalogue 5 (1967), item 181 at £185.

Edition
'first' edition, third printing (Teerink's B edition)
£5,500