Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, Signed Custom Harcourt Binding
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg
Published by the Heritage Press, New York in 1990
Signed Custom Full Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Full Title: Gulliver's Travels: An Account of the Four Voyages into Several Remote Nations of the World
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in full morocco leather with raised bands to the spine, gilt titles, and gilt center motifs and ruling. There are hand-sewn silk endbands, marbled endpapers, and the top page edges are gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: Originally published by in 1726, this is the 1940 Heritage Press edition that features 28 illustrations from wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg. In their review of Gulliver’s Travels, Loyal Books wrote, “Written by the master of satire, Jonathan Swift has not only created a story of adventure, but also cunningly attacks the mere nature of society in between its lines. Abuse of power, criticism of human nature, politics, and individualism are just some of the themes explored during the enlightening journeys of the venturesome Gulliver. Swift’s witty use of metaphors and satirical style serves as a puzzle waiting to be solved. An adventure story for the young, but a critical piece for the mature, the novel has a bit of everything and appeals to all age groups. The details in which the locations are described, the escapism it offers, and its openness to interpretation is what makes Gulliver’s Travels a timeless piece of literature.”
Measures approximately 9.25” x 6” with 343 pages as well as an introduction by John Hayward.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with some superficial soiling to the boards. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses one of the great works of Western literature.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.