A Tale of a Tub; Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind. To Which is Added, an Account of a Battle between the Ancient and Modern Books in St. James's Library

London: Printed for John Nutt, 1704. Second Edition. Full leather. Octavo size, 324 pages. Very good. Item #18080408

While Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is best known for "Gulliver's Travels", he was an accomplished satirist, poet and political pamphleteer. He earned his Doctor of Divinity from Trinity College and spent much of his life serving as a clergyman to small parishes and as a chaplin to members of the nobility, as well as being a lifetime friend of Alexander Pope; through these connections he became a member of the Tory party and was a part of its inner circle.

In "A Tale of a Tub", Swift presents a satire of the conflicts arising between the main factions of the Church and the current state of politics, literature and theology in England. This was Swift's first major published work and, although highly thought of by the public, Queen Anne viewed it as "profanity" resulting, many believe, in a negative influence on his career.

This copy the "Second Edition Corrected", and with extensive handwritten notes and marginalia throughout in what appears to be more than a single hand, the writing and ink we believe either contemporary or penned shortly after publication. Both of the additional pieces are present: "An Account of a Battle...." and "A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation Of The Spirit".

___DESCRIPTION: Contemporary leather binding, red leather spine label with title in gilt, blind-embossed rectangle with decorative corners to both boards, the leaf which is blank on the recto and begins "Treatises writ by the same Author...." here bound in following "The Bookseller to the Reader"; octavo size (7" by 4.5"), pagination: [i-ii] Title + blank, [iii-viii] "To The Right Honourable...", [ix-x] "The Bookseller to the Reader", [xi-xii] "Treastises" (bound out of sequence), 1-322.

___CONDITION: A very good copy, the text block now strong and square (we had a professional strengthen the hinges and repair the spine and joints), a prior owner had the volume rebacked, collated complete, the interior free of foxing and dampstaining, with only light toning throughout; the corners are rubbed with some loss, but are still protecting the text block, there is a prior owner name on the front free endpaper in pencil with the date of "13 July 1850" written beneath, the marginalia noted above in ink on the title page and throughout the text, a small chip out of the bottom margin of the title page (approximately 1/8" by 1/4"); still overall very good, strong and sturdy.

___CITATION: Teerink no. 218.

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Price: $800.00

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