Dublin: Printed for G. And A. Ewing, 1758. Early Edition. Leather Binding. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Good. Item #005496101
Rare Trinity College prize binding from 1764, with arms of Trinity College, Dublin heavily embossed in blind on both covers, and elaborate engraved prize bookplate, also bearing the Trinity arms. This work was awarded and inscribed to "Jacobo Maxwell" (James Maxwell), who received a First at the end of Trinity's Hilary term, 1764. Trinity College was the originator of prize bindings in what were then the Brtitish Isles, in 1732. The practice spread to England by the 1800's. It is a nice association to have the text be Swift, including "Gulliver" and other works. Full brown period calf, blind embossed arms as noted, spine with raised bands (front cover detached; spine and boards heavily rubbed; some spotting, foxing, smudges and wear to text; Maxwell's ink signature (as "James") on title).