Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.15

vintage-sf-badgeNo.15: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight some of the covers.   Today’s choice is: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.  I think I may have mentioned (or not) that a few of my choices on here might be controversial in terms of whether or not they’re really sci fi – this is one of them.  First published in 1726 this definitely fits into ‘Vintage’ and apparently it’s so popular that it’s never been out of print – hence lots of covers.  It is a great story for sure although it’s been a while since I read it and it certainly is without doubt a classic.  Personally I think it fits the sci fi bill.  It’s all about exploration, and surviving in different environments that feel ‘alien’.

I actually really like this one:  Just the style altogether draws me in.

1899 by Henry Altemus Company .jpg

1899 by Henry Altemus Co

I also really like the one below and would never guess it was 1912:

1912 by Rand McNally & Company.jpg

1912 by rand McNally & Co

1920 Penguin.jpg

Penguin 1920

1940 Whitman Publishing

1940 Whitman Publishing

1960 Pocket Books.jpg

1960 Pocket Books

1977 Oxford Uni Press

1977 Oxford Uni Press

1985 Penguin.jpg

1985 Penguin Books

1996 Dover Thrift

1996 Dover Thrift

These two are almost like mirror images! Although the Dover Thrift colours are lovely.

Barnes and Noble 2004

2004 Barnes and Noble

2010 Penguin Books.jpg

2010 Penguin Books



6 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.15”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Nice, it doesn’t get more vintage than “classic” 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Gulliver’s Travels is an odd one – in my head I would tend to think of it more as fantasy but it does have this whole travel to different worlds, almost dystopian, feel to it and it does seem to be classified as one of the first sci fi books and one that had an influence on other works such as the Time Machine – so I thought okay, it goes on the list!
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    I haven’t read this. I also really like the two first covers and I like the last cover too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The last cover has an almost comic feel to it doesn’t it!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Redhead

    Growing up, I think our copy had the Whitman cover art. My memories of the cover art are a little fuzzy, it was a book that my Mom read to my sister and I one chapter at a time. To her the satire was hilarious, but we were too young to understand the jokes. She tried in vain to explain political satire to kids under the age of twelve.

    i really dig that 2010 cover art!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t remember what my book had on the cover – well, more to the point my dad’s book! In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was a book within a book of other stories. I wish I could remember that, I’ll have to look on my dad’s shelves when I’m next there!
      Yeah, satire – I can’t imagine being very interested in satire at that age but it’s one of those stories that appeals to young and older people – probably why it’s been so popular and never out of print.
      Lynn 😀

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