London: Benj. Motte, 1726. Two volumes, 8vo (120 x 91 mm). Engraved portrait of Gulliver (Teerink state 2a as usual), 5 engraved maps & one engraved plate of the automatic writing machine. [xii], 148, [vi], 164; [vi], 154, [viii], 199 pages. 20th-century mottled calf by Riviere, gilt-ruled on sides, spines gilt, red morocco lettering-pieces, edges stained yellow; cloth slipcase. Discreet repairs to joints, generally a fine, bright copy. Item #404929
Teerink's "B" edition (i.e. the third octavo edition), with the frontispiece portrait in the first volume in the second state. The first three editions of Gulliver's Travels were all published by Benjamin Motte in octavo format and dated 1726 without edition statement except in the second volume of the B edition, which stated "Second edition." The three were considered different issues until Lucius L. Hubbard and Harold Williams showed conclusively in 1926 that they were different editions. They appeared in quick succession, a testiment to the book's immediate popularity: the 'A' edition appeared on 28 October 1726, the 'AA" edition in mid-November, and this 'B' edition, which was set up from the AA edition, was published in December. PMM 185; Rothschild 2104; Teerink 290.