Rare books by Jonathan Swift, including first editions, signed ephemera and finely bound copies of Gulliver’s Travels and handsome sets of his collected works.
SWIFT, Jonathan. Baucis and Philemon;
London : 1709A very uncommon edition of this poem by Swift, first written the previous year. "His preeminent poem of 1708, his most ambitious to this point, was Baucis and Philemon, a poem that surprises us with its gentle portrait of an ageing farm couple and with its quiet humour" (Eugene Hammond, Jonathan Swift, p. 299). The publication also includes An Ode Upon... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 144587
SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
London : 1726True first edition of Swift's masterpiece, Teerink's A edition, with the first state frontispiece. The first state frontispiece has the inscription beneath the portrait, which in the second state was placed around the portrait; a third state is a retouched version of the second.
"The clandestine business of getting into print a pseudonymous... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 130055
[SWIFT, Jonathan.] Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World.
London : 1726The true first edition of Swift's masterpiece, Teerink's A edition, published on 28 October 1726 in two octavo volumes. Two superficially similar but distinct octavo editions followed in quick succession: the second (eccentrically designated AA by Teerink) sometime in the middle of November, and the third edition (Teerink B) in December.
"The... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 102756
SWIFT, Jonathan; DESFONTAINES, Pierre-François Guyot (imit.) Le Nouveau Gulliver,
Paris : 1730First edition of Desfontaines's imitation of Gulliver's Travels, preceding the Amsterdam edition of the same year. Pierre Desfontaines's unauthorised sequel followed on the success of his translation of Gulliver's Travels (published in 1727, the first Paris edition of Swift's work). The Nouveau Gulliver's title pages' spuriously claim that it was "traduit... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 113112
SWIFT, Jonathan. Directions to Servants In General;
London : 1745First London edition, probably following the Dublin edition published the same year. The satire dated back to 1704, but Swift kept the manuscript by him; he is known to have been working on it in 1731 and probably the following year, though it shows some signs of remaining unfinished. It was finally published posthumously in the year of his death. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 108447
[SWIFT, Jonathan.] Voyages du capitaine Gulliver en divers pays éloignés.
The Hague : 1762First Jean Swart edition and fifth edition in French of Gulliver's Travels, which was first published in French in 1727, one year after the first edition in English. The text of the first two volumes is abbé Pierre François Guyot Desfontaines's abridged adaptation, the same as that of the Paris editions. Included as part of this edition are "parts... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 112998