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Gulliver’s Travels : Illustrated By Rex Whistler by  Jonathan Swift - First UK Edition Thus - 1930 - from Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB (SKU: 111111111129)

Gulliver’s Travels : Illustrated By Rex Whistler

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Gulliver’s Travels : Illustrated By Rex Whistler: A superb set and extremely scarce in their original bindings. A masterpiece of book design.

by Swift, Jonathan

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A Two Volume Set. The First UK printing of this illustrated edition published by The Cresset Press in 1930. 2 volumes, folio in half-sheets. Original publisher's bindings by Wood, London which have undergone NO restoration or colouring. The BOOKS are in Very Good++ condition. Morocco, raised bands to spines forming compartments, gilt-lettered direct, vellum sides, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Sunning to the spines and with a little rubbing to the edges, spines and folds in places. Light marginal browning to the endpapers from turn-ins with some faint offsetting from a few engravings. No inscriptions. Hand-coloured frontispiece to each volume, 10 similar plates, vignette portait of Swift to title pages, 5 maps, head- and tailpieces, all engraved after the designs of Rex Whistler. First Cresset Press edition. Number '190' of 195 copies on handmade paper; there were also 10 copies on vellum. The short-lived Cresset Press, co-founded by John Eldred Howard in 1927 and run by Dennis Cohen and A. I. Meyers until 1931, produced fine editions of the classics and of Continental literature. Gulliver's Travels is one of the Press's finest books. The illustrative style of Rex Whistler, which the experimentalism of the 1920s, found its inspiration in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and so was well matched to Swift's classic. In this book Whistler employed his favourite device of setting most of the illustrations within a highly decorative rococo marginal frame. Housed in a custom solander box. A superb set and extremely scarce in their original bindings. A masterpiece of book design. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.


Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships, is a novel by Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary sub-genre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature. The book became tremendously popular as soon as it was published.


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Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB GB (GB)
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Gulliver’s Travels : Illustrated By Rex Whistler
Swift, Jonathan
Whistler, Rex
Book condition
second hand - Very Good++
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First UK Edition Thus
The Cresset Press
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Date Published
Cresset, Gulliver, Lilliput, Whistler

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Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also... [more]
raised band(s)
Raised bands refer to the ridges that protrude slightly from the spine on leather bound books. The bands are created in the... [more]
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [more]
A folio usually indicates a large book size of 15" in height or larger when used in the context of a book description. Further,... [more]
Vellum is a sheet of specialty prepared skin of lamb, calf, or goat kid used for binding a book or for printing and writing. ... [more]
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