“BEST SHOWS THE MERITS OF HIS MIND AND HIS GIFTS OF EXPRESSION”: LOVELY ILLUSTRATED FOLIO EDITION OF GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, ONE OF ONLY 195 COPIES PRODUCED BY THE CRESSET PRESS
SWIFT, Jonathan. (WHISTLER, Rex, illustrator). Gulliver’s Travels. London: The Cressett Press, 1930. Two volumes. Folio (10-1/2 by 14-1/2 inches), publisher’s three-quarter green morocco, vellum boards, raised bands, top edges gilt, uncut. Housed in a custom leather-edged slipcase.
Lovely Cresset Press illustrated edition of Gulliver’s Travels, number 17 of only 195 copies, with 12 charming full-page hand-colored plates, five maps, head- and tailpiece illustrations by Rex Whistler, two folio volumes in handsome publisher’s morocco by Wood.
First published in 1726, Swift’s masterpiece remains a “remarkable feat in the creation of imaginary worlds as a vehicle for satire upon the political and religious establishments of the day” (Clute & Grant, 914). “Of all Swift’s writings it best shows the merits of his mind and his gifts of expression” (Baugh et al., 865). Rex Whistler was an esteemed British artist, illustrator and designer whose promising life and career were cut short during the invasion of Normandy, where he was killed by a mortar round at the age of 39. This is one of 195 copies from a total edition of only 205: an additional ten copies were printed on vellum. Ransom, Cresset 14.
Spines gently sunned. A delightful production in fine condition.