In Swift's great satire on early 18th-century politics and society, Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon, narrates his astonishing travels among the tiny Lilliputians, the Brobdingnag giants and the ludicrous intellectuals of Laputa, and in the lands of the noble Houyhnhnms and brutish Yahoo.
A Tale of a Tub
The Battle of the Books
Described by Frank Ellis as ‘an amazing comic book’, Jonathan Swift’s story of Peter (Catholic), Martin (Anglican) and Jack (Dissenter) and their inheritance (a jacket apiece) is a satire on ‘the numerous and gross Corruptions in Religion and Learning’. Swift also takes aim at religious fanaticism and the contemporary debate about the Ancient and Moderns in two accompanying works: The Battle of the Books and The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit. This complete edition includes Sir Andrew Fontaine’s original illustrations (1710).