London: Hayward and Moore, . Very Good. First Edition. J.J. Grandville. [9.5x6.5in]; 16 pp., lx, 508 pp., 423 illustrations in text; Three-quarter dark brown Moroccan with green marbled covers, gilt lettering and rules, raised bands on spine, all edges gilt, marbled end papers; Some shelf wear to covers, corners and edges, corners rubbed through, wear to spine edges, various rub spots to covers, front hinge cracked, but holding, no prior owner markings, tight and clean interior. Item #13747
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was an English satirist, essayist, poet and cleric. In later years, he became a political activist for the Whig party and latter the Tory party. Gulliver's Travels, first published in 1726, was Swift's masterpiece of fiction and satire that reflects the English politics of the early 1700's. Each of the four voyages deal with different themes and has been discussed and interpreted ever since the first publication.
William Cooke Taylor (1800-1849) was an Irish author of satirical works, journalist and historian whose work in this book adds a better understanding of the Swift and Gulliver's Travels as a fictional and satirical representation of the British empire in the early 1700"s. Jean Ignace Isidore Gerard Grandville [J.J. Grandville] (1803-1847) was a French caricaturist skilled in satirical and political illustrations. His work in this book brings the narratives and imagination alive in the worlds of Gulliver with detailed and whimsical illustrations.