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Five volumes containing the whole of his Poetical Works; The Tale of a Tub; Battle of the Books; Gulliver's Travels; Directions to Servants; Polite Conversation; Art of Punning; Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose. Printed for Hector McLean. Books are 4' x 6 1/4', brown boards with blue spines and paper labels on the spines.. The labels are faded and difficult to read. Interior pages of all are clean, without foxing. B&W frontis illustrations b&w plates within. A former owner's bookplate inside the front cover of each is the only marking. Volume 1 contains an ad in the back for a rosewood bookcase. Flaws in individual volumes as follows: Volume 1, back hinge broken, title page has loosened at the bottom from it's stitching (about 2"); Volume 2, back hinge is broken, resulting in the back cover pulling away from the text block, rear blank endpaper is missing, there is a tape repair in the gutter of the title page and frontis; Volume 3, front blank endpaper and frontis are missing, tape repair in gutter of title page, back hinge is broken with back board holding to text block by a thread, 1" of spine loss at the top and spine covering is split on one side; Volume 4 front hinge broken and a tear in the paper on the back endpaper; Despite the wear, a set with character.