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A Tale of a Tub; Written for the Improvement of Mankind. To Which is Added an Account of a Battle between the Ancient and Modern Books in St. James Library. With the author's apology, and explanatory notes, by W. Wotton, B.D. and others.
Jonathan Swift

A Tale of a Tub; Written for the Improvement of Mankind. To Which is Added  an Account of a Battle between the Ancient and Modern Books in St. James Library. With the author's apology, and explanatory notes, by W. Wotton, B.D. and others.
A Tale of a Tub; Written for the Improvement of Mankind. To Which is Added  an Account of a Battle between the Ancient and Modern Books in St. James Library. With the author's apology, and explanatory notes, by W. Wotton, B.D. and others.

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Good. Ex-library. Quarter morocco library binding. Minor foxing to outermost leaves. Evenly toned. xvii [1] 190pp.

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Detailed Information

Item No: B28969
Publication date: 1760
Published by: Charles Bathurst.
Published location: London.
Edition: , Early edition. First printed in 1704.
Illustrated: Illustrated with 8 plates.
Dimensions: 12mo. 7 1/4".
Cover: Hard
About this title:

A Tale of a Tub was the first major work written by Jonathan Swift, composed between 1694 and 1697 and published in 1704. It is arguably his most difficult satire, and perhaps his most masterly. The Tale is a prose parody which is divided into sections of "digression" and a "tale" of three brothers, each representing one of the main branches of western Christianity. The "tale" presents a consistent satire of religious excess, while the digressions are a series of parodies of contemporary writing in literature, politics, theology, Biblical exegesis, and medicine. The overarching parody is of enthusiasm, pride, and credulity. At the time it was written, politics and religion were still linked very closely in England, and the religious and political aspects of the satire can often hardly be separated. The work was published anonymously, and Swift`s cousin Thomas later claimed to have written it. It was enormously popular, but Swift believed it damaged his prospect of advancement in the Church of England.