Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World 1909

Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

Gulliver’s Travels – Rackham’s Definitive Fantasy Travelogue

At the peak of his fame cementing a legacy as history’s preeminent fantasy illustrator, Arthur Rackham reached new creative heights within his 1909 edition of Jonathan Swift’s 1726 satire classic Gulliver’s Travels. Deluxe limited runs featured 13 large mounted color plates on textured paper allowing intricate details within images like tiny Lilliputians and gigantic Brobdingnagians.

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Pinnacle melding of two creative icons cementing imaginative immortality.

  • 13 mounted color plates visualizing Brobdingnag giants to tiny Lilliputians with signature charm
  • Definitive Rackham encapsulating surreal satire’s timeless allure

Complimented by additional line drawings and lavishly decorated bindings, this mammoth volume visually realizes the surreal lands on par with Rackham’s celebrated fairy interpretations. As Swift’s imaginative social critiques feel equally fanciful, Rackham’s complementing visuals showcase his signature intermingling of whimsy, unease, and absurdism. It represents the zenith of Golden Age gift annual production with fantasy now elevated from commercial packaging toward museum-Quality archival arts. For collectors, no illustrated travelogue journey rivals its ambitions or strange allure.

Limited Edition (1909):

  • White cloth binding with gilt edges and stamping, rose ribbon ties (291 pages + Rackham illustrations);
  • Limited to 750 copies signed by Rackham

Trade Editions:

  • UK: Red cloth binding with gilt stamping (291 pages)
  • US: Matches UK trade version


  • Limited Edition: 8 x 11 1⁄4 inches
  • Trade Editions: 6 x 8 3⁄4 inches


Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World
By Jonathan Swift
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
London, New York
J. M. Dent & Co., E. P. Dutton & Co.

Illustrations by Arthur Rackham: 13 mounted color plates, 2 black & white plates, 7 chapter heads, tailpieces, decorated endpapers


  • UK: J.M. Dent & Co.
  • US: E.P. Dutton & Co.

The 1909 version sees Rackham complete his masterpiece!

Buy Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World (1909 Editions)

The holy grail for fans and collectors of Rackham, Swift, fantasy art, and Golden Age gift annuals.

  • Limited Edition of 750 – White cloth binding with gilt edges and stamping, rose ribbon ties (291 pages + Rackham illustrations).
  • Red cloth binding with gilt stamping.

Gulliver’s Travels

Since first being unleashed upon the world in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift has proven one of literature’s most unforgettable and far-ranging satires. The novel follows a ship’s surgeon named Lemuel Gulliver as he encounters a series of bizarre lands exposing him to political hypocrisies and failings of human nature through inventive fantasy worlds filled with giants, tiny people, eccentric scientists, and intelligent horses.

Initially conceived by Swift and his Scriblerus Club as a parody of popular traveler’s tales, Gulliver’s journeys to surreal domains like Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the Land of the Houyhnhnms fuse adventure, social commentary, and absurdist humor that revolutionized fantasy writing with proto-science fiction trappings. Its pioneering subject matter and style directly impacted subsequent literature across centuries while introducing whimsical concepts permeating broader culture.

Immediately popular upon its controversial publication, the novel has seen endless major editions and translations without ever going out of print. Terms like “Yahoo,” “Lilliputian,” and “Brobdingnagian” entered common parlance through Swift’s sparkling prose and fierce wit. Political and religious figures of Swift’s day detected biting allegories critiquing various institutions. But the work resonated with ordinary readers through insightful study of timeless moral questions.

Over nearly 300 years, Gulliver’s Travels continues inspiring adaptations across mediums including theater, film, television, radio, music, and art with beloved stories and symbols recycled nonstop into new cultural contexts. Through his misadventures, Gulliver became one of literature’s most versatile archetypes. Swift’s mock histories left enduring blueprints impacting imagination worldwide, confirming the book’s stature as a true creative colossus bestrode the narrow worlds of nations without end.

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