SLIPCASE HAS SOME WEAR AND FADING AND BUBBLING. THE FIRST BOOK EVER PUBLISHED BY THE LIMITED EDITIONS CLUB. THE TRAVELS OF LEMUEL GULLIVER. WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SHANE LESLIE. [New York]: Limited Editions Club, 1929.First Edition, and Limited Edition. A solid and attractive rare true First Edition of the First book ever published by the Limited Editions Club. Signed by the artist Alexander King on the colophon page at the rear of the book. Apparently the first illustrated edition of this classic satire aimed at adults. This book is handnumbered #935 of 1500 copies, illustrated by Alexander King and SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. This book is solid and complete and in excellent condition, without writing or markings, without torn or missing pages; without foxing or browning; with original decorative endpapers; with untrimmed page edges. The lovely cover has a pigskin spine with blindstamped lettering. This book retains the rare original slipcase.
From the introduction: More than two hundred years ago (in 1726) an unknown literary agent traversed London in a Hackney carruage and under cover of night dropped an anonymous manuscript with the printer Motte. The book was Gulliver's Travels and the author Jonathan Swift, who had previously made his way back to Ireland where he occupied the position of Dean of Saint Patrick's in Dublin. The printer had a shrewd idea of hte author's name and he also preserved a shrewd lookout for his own safety. The censorship in the Eighteenth Century applied to political libel and not to grossness of expression. This accounts for certain very coarse touches and at the same time for the scrupulous care which Swift took to disguise his characters or caricatures of Walpole, King George and Lord Nottingham, when he portrayed them as Flimnap, the Emperor of Lilliput and Skyresh Bolgolam...
" According to Wikipedia: "Gulliver's Travels, or Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships is a prose satire of 1726 by the Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, satirising both human nature and the "travellers' tales" literary subgenre.It is 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". The book was an immediate success.
The English dramatist John Gay remarked It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery. " In 2015, Robert McCrum released his selection list of 100 best novels of all time in which Gulliver's Travels is listed as "a satirical masterpiece... " From the Colophon page: "Of this edition of Gulliver's Travels Fifteen Hundred copies have been printed for the members of the limited editions club by Norman T. Munder & Company of Baltimore, with the illustrations by Alexander King. This copy is number 935 and it is signed by Alexander King.Large, thick and Heavy Quarto- sized pigskin hardcover book; x+293 pages of text, with 19 full-page illustrated plates; in original slipcase. Near Fine condition: no torn or missing pages; no writing or markings in the text; a signed limited edition copy; no foxing or browning to paper; original color endpapers; untrimmed page dges.
Original hardcover binding with pigskin leather spine, with almost no wear. Original slipcase with fraying, fading, and light bubbling.
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