London: Benj. Motte, 1726. First Edition, Mixed State. Octavos, Two Volumes. In Very Good condition, with Very Good slipcase. Bound in 20th-century full paneled imitation period calf with gilt tooling, morocco labels, and gilt titling to paneled spine. Housed in a custom quarter red morocco slipcase. Red cloth boards with matching chemise, spine paneled with gilt titling and tooling. Rear board of Volume 1 and front board of Volume 2 with matching wear showing some minor damage where the volumes stuck together. Small worming isolated to the surface layer of boards. Rear board of Volume 2 with similar wear. 'B.2' in ink to front pastedowns. Bookplate of Frederick S. Peck to front pastedowns.
Volume 1: A-K8, L2, [pi]3, B-L8, M2, 2 maps; Volume 2: A3, A-K8, L5, M8-Aa8, 3 maps, 2 plates.
Volume 1 is Teerink's State AA, also known as the second issue or second printing, with misspellings, including Part I, p. 35, line 5 has 'Subsidues'; Volume 2 is Teerink's State B, also known as the third issue or third printing, with continuous pagination; Portrait in state 2a, with vertical chainlines.
Shelved case 3.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
The first three editions were published within two months, with the first edition (Teerink's State A) published on October 28, 1726, the second (Teerink's State AA) in November 1726, and the third (Teerink's State B) in December 1726. While previously thought to be just separate issues, later bibliographical research has shown they are actually different editions. In respect to both Swift's own opinions and previous bibliographical work they are all considered first editions. Teerink 290/291; PMM 185.