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[Swift, Jonathan]. Verses on the Death of Doctor Swift. Written by Himmseld: Nov. 1731. London [i.e. Edinburgh]: Printed for C. Bathurst, 1739. First edition thus. Octavo in fours, 22, [2 blank] pp. Disbound pamphlet with new sewing, light stain along left of title, subtle repair along rear blank, very good.

First Edinburgh and first octavo edition, improved from the corrupt folio text printed the same year. Swift had given a manuscript to Dr. William King for the first publication in London; but was dissappointed to put it mildly: much was cut out and 61 lines from "Life and Character" of 1733 were added. A correct text was given to Faulkner in Dublin and the authoritative text is offered here.                      $875.00