[SWIFT, Jonathan]. A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people from being a burthen to their parents or the country, and for making them beneficial to the publick. [London]: Dublin, printed: and reprinted at London for Weaver Bickerton, 1730.
[SWIFT, Jonathan]. A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people from being a burthen to their parents or the country, and for making them beneficial to the publick. [London]: Dublin, printed: and reprinted at London for Weaver Bickerton, 1730.

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[SWIFT, Jonathan]. A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people from being a burthen to their parents or the country, and for making them beneficial to the publick. [London]: Dublin, printed: and reprinted at London for Weaver Bickerton, 1730.

8° (196 x 124mm). Half-title. Modern half calf, red morocco cover label. Sale: Sotheby’s London, 21 July 1983, lot 157, purchased by Quaritch (pencil note on half-title).

THIRD EDITION OF THIS FAMOUS AND INDUBITABLY RARE ANGLO-IRISH TRACT, the second published in London. The work was written during the late summer of 1729 and first published by Mrs Harding in Dublin in October 1729. J. Roberts was the publisher of the first London edition in the same year. Ross and Woolley call it “the satirical obverse of Swift’s straightforward economic and social comment on the ills of Ireland … A scornful attack on most of the Anglo-Irish political nation, only sympathetic with the native Irish on the grounds of common humanity, natural feeling, and hatred of tyranny, the piece deals the shrewdest blow to the English reader, and indeed the hypocritical reader of any age or culture, whose slow, complacent, and dishonest responses are savaged by the cannibal joke” (Swift, Major Works 679n). Teerink 678.

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