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. . Jonathan 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. . .

London: John Nutt, 1704. First Edition. 8vo, leaf of "Treatises Writ.." before title page; [i-x] 322pp; contemporary (original?) full calf, rebacked with original spine laid down. Early owner's signature; armorial bookplate on front pastedown of Sir Joseph Copley; first signature pulled loose, but entirely complete; covers rubbed. Item #205740

Swift's first substantial book, a wide-ranging satire taking on all manner of intellectual claptrap, published anonymously. This copy with the omitted word uterinus on p. 320 (no priority). Teerink 217.

Price: $3,200.00

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