London: Benj. Motte, 1726. First Edition, third issue (Teerink 'B' edition). Complete in two volumes. 8vo. Title pages for each part; engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver (second state); four maps; two plans; woodcut initials; head-and tail-pieces. Bound by Zaehnsdorf in full calf with gilt decoration to spines; gilt ruling; gilt-lettered black leather spine labels; all edges gilded in the rough; marbled endpapers. Handsome bookplate for Fred Robison Heryer, prominent Kansas City businessman, in each volume. Small discoloration on lower front cover of Volume I; front board of Volume I expertly reattached; light wear to extremities, more so to spine ends; minor rubbing along joints; else a near fine set. Item #20533
The 1726 prose satire by the Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, satirising both human nature and the "travelers' tales" literary subgenre. It is considered Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature. Swift claimed that he wrote Gulliver's Travels "to vex the world rather than divert it". "Gulliver's Travels has achieved the final apotheosis of a satirical fable, but it has also become a tale for children." - Printing and the Mind of Man 185.