Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts by Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships. Two volumes bound in four. London, Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726. First Edition. Engraved frontispiece in second state with vertical chain-lines, six engraved plates. Titles within double-rule borders, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, advertisement to end of volume 1. Bound in early 19th century tree calf, neatly and sympathetically rebacked, light rubbing to extremities, later endpapers. A very handsome set, contents bright & clean throughout.
Volume One: Teerink's 'AA' edition; Volume Two: Teerink's 'A' edition. This copy has the title to the second volume in the 'A' state (without second edition imprint). There were three issues of the first edition of the Gulliver's Travels published in 1726, known as the A, AA, and B editions. The A edition was the first published in October of 1726 and sold out within a week
Swift endeavoured to remain anonymous as the author of the travels. The printer Motte wrote that he received the second part of the travels 'he knew not from whence, nor from whom, dropped at his house in the dark, from a hackney coach.' Gulliver’s Travels has given Swift an immortality beyond temporary fame. All those who had been fascinated by the realism and vivid detail of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe were captivated again, even though they knew that Gulliver must be fiction. The brilliance and thoroughness, with which his logic and invention work out the piquancy of scale involved by the giant human among the Lilliputians, and then by a minikin Gulliver among the Brobdingnagians, ran away with the author’s original intention. Gulliver's Travels has achieved the final apotheosis of a satirical fable '(PMM). [Grolier], [100 English, 42]. [Printing and the Mind of Man 185]. [Teerink 289]