A Tale of a Tub. Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind. To which is Added an Account of a Battel Between the Ancient and Modern Books in St. James Library. The Tenth-Edition. With the Author's Apology and Explanatory Notes by W. Wotton and Others. London: Charles Bathurst, 1751. Pp xxii, 220. Frontispiece plate with seven other full-page copper engravings by B. Lens , J. Sturt in the text. Handsomely rebound in sympathetic contemporary antiquarian style by Atkinsons of Salisbury. A very good copy.
Swift's the first major work composed between 1694 and 1697 and first published in 1704. Regarded as his most difficult satire, and possibly his most masterful 'The Tale of a Tub' is directed against organized religion. The Church of Rome, the Church of England and the Dissenters are represented by three sons who are each given a plain coat by their father, but are unable to resist ornamenting and embellishing it.