An Essay Upon the Life, Writings, and Character, of Dr. Jonathan Swift. Interspersed with some occasional Animadversions Upon the Remarks of a late critical Author, And upon the Observations of an anonymous Writer on those Remarks. By Deane Swift, Esq; [sic] To which is added, That Sketch of Dr. Swift's Life, written by the Doctor himself, which was lately presented By the Author of this Essay to the University Of Dublin.

London: Printed for Charles Bathhurst, 1755.

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First edition. [4], 375, [1, ad], 53 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary speckled calf. Fine. Interesting early gift inscription on front pastedown “Edmund (?) Brydges; The Gift of Sir Mark Stuart Playdell, Barnt, at Coleshill, July 16, 1755”. Teerink 1345; Rothschild 1989.

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Early biography of Swift, written by Deane Swift, the cousin of Jonathan; of special interest for its treatment of Jonathan's relations to his contemporaries. It includes unpublished letters from Dr. Swift, and a good deal of material by others of his circle. Lovely copy of an important biographical source.