The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, complete in nineteen volumes; includes the books commonly referred to as Gulliver's Travels.
This a handsome copy, re-spined and with patina, but the boards still in the French style where acid is used to produce design in the leather.
There is a portrait of Swift, a recreation of his death mask, a map of an island, and another design from Gulliver. At the end of the last volume, the instructions to the binder (for where to put these plates) is included.
An abridged breakdown of the contents includes:
V1 to 2 - Life of
V3 to 4 - Misc. Works
V5 - Historical Works
V6 - Historical, Letters, Essays, etc.
V7 - Gulliver's Travels
V8 - Drapier's Letters
V9 - Misc., 12 Sermons
V10 to 14 - Letters
V14 to 15 - Journal to Stilla
V16 - Poems
V17 - Poems, Polite Conversation
V18 to V19 - Misc. in Prose
Physical Attributes -
Each volume measures approx. 21 x 13 x 4 cm, 8vo. Full French calf, respined, with some gilt decoration. Page edges yellow. 19 volumes, complete. Illustrated with four plates.
See pictures. Vintage patina, with the pleasing look of history. Respined, but an old repair. All volumes are a little dry, with wear at the edges, corners and joints. Most all the labels have fallen off the spines, and there is some crazing of the leather. The respining was strong though, I see no cracks at the joints. Turn-ins were oiled at some point, which ghosted onto facing endpapers several pages in. I think the oil also got into the gutter in volume one as there is a gutter stain at the bottom through xxx (not in any of the other books).
Bookseller notes at the front endpapers of volume 1. All volumes have some toning, thumbing, and some foxing. Occasional flower between the pages. I found a repair on the title page of his Letters. No writing in the text block.
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