This is the treasured, rare edition which features the engraving of "L'Ile Flottante (the floating island). It was published in Paris in 1772 by Chez Jean Baptiste Guilluame Musier.
The work is complete in two volumes (in-8) 6 3/4" x 3 7/8" x 3/4" thick).
The volumes are bound in polished marbled calf, the spines are gilt tooled to form 7 compartments (four have a gilt tooled central fleuron. Two compartments hold red morocco plates, the final bottom compartment with a single fleuron and arabesque. The endpapers and page edges are marbled. There is a manuscript ex-libris of Yaviguon de Longueau.
The French translation (by l'Abbe Desfontaines)483 of the work of Jonathan Swift is enhanced by four engravings, plus one vignette frontispiece and four cul de lampes. The text is dedicated to "Madame La Marquise D".
The bindings are in amazing condition with very little wear. This edition is a rare and worthy example, of both fine binding style and important text. It would be a "must" for a serious eighteenth century library.
Item ID: LC124
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