Item #028878 A Tale of a Tub. Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind, to Which is Added, an Account of a Battel Between the Antient and Modern Books in St. James Library. Johnathan Swift.
A Tale of a Tub. Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind, to Which is Added, an Account of a Battel Between the Antient and Modern Books in St. James Library ....

A Tale of a Tub. Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind, to Which is Added, an Account of a Battel Between the Antient and Modern Books in St. James Library ....

[np] [England?]: 1711. 12mo. Item #028878

310 pages. Includes: 'A discourse concerning the mechanical operation of the spirit' and the 'Battel' and the 'Discourse' have separate titlepages; but the pagination is continuous. This edition has "Vein" on p. 69 from foot; "ulcely" on p. 207, line 5 from the foot. This is the first printed of four duodecimos dated "1711" and the only one of these editions certain to be correctly dated. It took as printer's copy revised states of the "third" London edition for J. Nutt, (T49834); ITeerink 219); the other "711" small duodecimo piracies descend from it....see James E. May, "the Duodecimo Editions of Swift's A Tale of a Tub "1711" and A complete Key to the Tale of Tub (1714)," pp. 95-130 in Reading Swift: Papers from the Sixth Munster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. Edited by Hermann J. Real, Kirsten Juhas, and Sandra Simon. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2013. Dedication to John Somers. With the initial advertisement and a final blanks. Bound in contemporary paneled calf, raised bands, paper spine label mostly gone, early owner's name. A few short splits to joints but not cracked through and holding quite well. [ESTC 13639].

Price: $325.00

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