Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, Folio Society Limited Edition

{Ed. Note:  Pictures and colophon information thanks to LibraryThing user Virion.}

One of the more recent limited editions (published November 2011) to come from Folio Society (FS) is Jonathan Swift’s masterpiece, Gulliver’s Travels. The limited editions (LE) from FS always seem to cause excitement when announced, and it is easy to see why when you look at the effort that goes into them and the pretty consistently beautiful end results. Below you will see information about the hand printed etching, many illustrations, paper selection and binding that together make this LE very attractive for fans of Swift.

Gulliver’s Travels does not need much of an introduction, it being one of the most popular and well read of all classics in the Western Canon.  The author, Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) has a well deserved place as one of the greatest prose satirists of all time, if not the greatest.   His A Modest Proposal, where he proposes that poverty in Ireland could be addressed by the poor selling their children as food for the rich, remains the wittiest satire I have ever read (I look forward to the Bowler Press edition of this that is planned for sometime in the next number of months).  Of course, Gulliver’s Travels itself remains his greatest accomplishment, a satire on human nature (are humans born corrupt or do they become corrupt?) and government never surpassed.

From the Folio Society website, Peter Suart is an illustrator, writer, performer and musician. His latest project is a one-man show on the discovery of the plague bacillus during an outbreak in Hong Kong in 1894. He has illustrated several books for The Folio Society, including Nikolai Gogol’s Collected Stories and Robertson Davies’s The Deptford Trilogy.

About the Edition

  • Limited to 1,000 copies, signed by Peter Suart
  • Text set in Founder’s Caslon, printed on Cordier Wove paper by Martins the Printers, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland
  • Hand-printed etching, signed and numbered by the artist, and tipped onto a special limitation spread; done under artist’s supervision by the Pauper’s Press, Hoxton, London, on Somerset antique velvet 100% cotton mould-made paper
  • 17 colour plates and borders, numerous tailpieces, endpaper and binding designs all by Peter Suart
  • Plates have been reproduced by Dot Gradations, Wickford, Essex, and printed on Modigliani Insize Neve paper by RB Print, Basildon, Essex
  • Endpapers and the limitation page printed letterpress on Freelife Merida and Bugra Button papers by the Logan Press, Wellingborough, Northants
  • Hand-bound in vellum blocked in 22-carat gold, with vellum tips and Oxford paper sides, by The Fine Book Bindery, Wellingborough, Northants
  • Titling calligraphy by Stephen Raw
  • Gilded top edge, ribbon marker
  • Presented in a solander box
  • 288 pages, Size: 13″ × 9¾”
{Ed. Note; A review of the Easton Press DLE of Gulliver’s Travels is here.}

Pictures

Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Slipcase
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Front Cover
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Spine
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Spine Detail
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Edition Information
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Limitation page top half illustration
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Limitation page bottom half, with limit number and signature
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Map Sketch
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Frontispiece
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Introduction Page
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Sample Text
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, End chapter sketch 1
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, End chapter sketch 2
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Text for Illustration 1
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Sample Illustration 1
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Sample Illustration 2
Gulliver’s Travels, Folio Society LE, Colophon

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