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    Sale 5309

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    2 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 260

    [SWIFT, Jonathan (1667-1745)]. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In four parts. By Lemuel Gulliver. London: Benjamin Motte, 1726. 8° (192 x 114mm). Engraved portrait of Gulliver, 6 engraved maps and plans (some browning and soiling, quires T-U in vol. I wormed at margin, imprint of general title slightly affected by ownership stamp). Contemporary blind-panelled calf with morocco labels (rubbed, joints cracked, piece chipped from lower cover of vol. I, corners bumped, spines frayed and chipped). Provenance: Francis Edwards (early signature on general title); Thomas Wyse (1791-1862, book stamp on general title and portrait verso).

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    [SWIFT, Jonathan (1667-1745)]. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In four parts. By Lemuel Gulliver. London: Benjamin Motte, 1726. 8° (192 x 114mm). Engraved portrait of Gulliver, 6 engraved maps and plans (some browning and soiling, quires T-U in vol. I wormed at margin, imprint of general title slightly affected by ownership stamp). Contemporary blind-panelled calf with morocco labels (rubbed, joints cracked, piece chipped from lower cover of vol. I, corners bumped, spines frayed and chipped). Provenance: Francis Edwards (early signature on general title); Thomas Wyse (1791-1862, book stamp on general title and portrait verso).

    Teerink's B edition, i.e. the third octavo edition, published December 1726 two months after the first. The later owner of this copy, Thomas Wyse of Waterford, was an early 19th-century politician, diplomat and educationalist. He married Letitia Christine, the daughter of Lucien Bonaparte, when she was only sixteen but later became estranged from his wife and two sons, preferring the company of his library. Teerink 291. (2)


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