From the library of Jonathan Swift?

PBA Galleries

2015-11-02 12:15:49


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Lot 242: (Swift, Jonathan - his copy?) Author: Rogers, Richard. Title: A Commentary upon the Whole Booke of Judges. Place Published: London. Publisher: Felix Kyngston. Date Published: 1615. Description: (xii) , 970, (1) pp. (4to in sixes) 28.5x18 cm (11 1/4x7") 19th century half calf and marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, all edges red. First Edition. Believed to have been in the library of the satirist and cleric Jonathan Swift, best remembered today for his "Gulliver's Travels". The title page bears the holograph inscription "Liber Johannis Swift, non est mortale quod opt, 1698" surrounding the printers device. We have been unable to confirm that this in Swift's hand but a previous owner has housed the book in a custom green cloth chemise and green morocco-backed slipcase, with "Jonathan Swift's Signed Copy" in gilt on the slipcase spine. Condition: Front cover detached, rear cover nearly so; foxing throughout; good. PBA Galleries' Rare Books & Manuscripts Sunday, 1st November 2015 Estimate: $2000-$3000
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