Engravings by Rex Whistler for Gulliver’s Travels



London: Harrison & Sons for H. M. Fletcher, 1970.

Introduction by Anthony Rota. One of 25 (100) special copies with one of the original copper plates loose in a recessed panel inside the rear board. Loose inside front board the printer’s original wrapping paper (soiled) featuring the engraving. Of the 100 copies 74 were for sale with one printed on vellum. Printed on handmade paper by Harrison & Sons from the original plates with 12 plates coloured by hand as well as 5 maps and 4 head- and 4 tail-pieces. Folio. 14.5 X 10.75 ins. 4 pp. + 25 loose plates. Original half viridian morocco with paper covered boards. The 25 loose engravings held in an interior drop-back box. Gilt title on spine. Whistler spent months drawing the elaborate rococo frames expressing his love of Baroque architecture. A near fine + copy. “One of the most handsome illustrated books ever to be published in this country (England). And the illustrations are ravishing.” (“The Twentieth Century Book” by John Lewis). Fine and choice. The copper plate is for “The King commands him to bring one of his chairs out of the Box and sit down upon the top of the cabinet” from the Voyage to Brobdingnag.

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