Publisher: London: Printed for Benjamin Motte, 1727.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Rothschild 1421; Teerink 25 (1b, 2a & 3b-d); Griffin 184, 185 & 197; ESTC T39458. Volume one has the cancelled forms of K7-8 and L6-7; volume three is Teerink's 3b, but also includes the errata leaf usually found in Teerink 3d.
Condition: Scattered foxing and minor browning; edges a little rubbed; overall an attractive, fine copy in contemporary state.
Book ID: 27941
Description3 vols, 8vo, contemporary polished paneled calf, marbled paper endpapers, brown morocco labels, gilt rules, decorations and lettering. Engraved monogram device in each title-page.
CommentsA collection of various writings in prose and verse compiled and issued as a salvo in the ongoing battle over piracy and forgery with bookseller Edmund Curll and other unscrupulous members of the trade who might have been profiting from Curll's venomous example. The preface to volume one, signed by Swift and Pope, states that the justification for the collection is to protect themselves and their reputations against the ill-treatment against not only the unauthorized publication of their writings, but also the attribution of works to them that they did not write, i.e. forgery, for which Curll was infamous. The majority of the works are by Swift, including some Gulliveriana pieces and 16 poems collected for the first time; there are 13 poems by Pope collected here for the first time and minor pieces by their friends John Arbuthnot and John Gay. Contemporary ink signature on each title-page in the upper margin; bookplate of the Bibliothèque de Champvieux on each front paste-down.