Gulliver, The Hague 1773 - the floating island


A Edward Bawden, illustrations to the 1965 Folio Society Edition. A2 bawden's earlier drawing for the Folio Society edition of 1948.

B Harry Theaker illustrations to the Ward Lock edition, undated c1912

C Wayne Dwiggins, for the Peter Pauper Press edition, undated c1930


E Herbert Cole, illustrations to the John Lane edition 1900

"I attempted to rise, but was not able to stir; for, as I happened to lie on my back, I found my arms and legs were strongly fastened on each side to the ground, and my hair, which was long and thick, tied down in th same manner. I likewise felt several slender ligatures across my body, from my arm-pits to my thighs.... when bending mine eyes downwards as much as I could, I perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high,with a bow and arrow in his hands, and a quiver at his back. In the mean time, I felt at least forty more of the same kind (as I conjectured) following the first. I was in the utmost astonishment, and roared so loud, that they all ran back in a fright..."

Gulliver hears that there is a fire at the Palace which he extinguishes by pissing on it. "I got up in an instant, and orders being given to clear the way before me; and it being likewise a moonlight night, I made a shift to get to the palace without trampling on any of the people."

"Glumdalclitch often carried me into the gardens of the court in my smaller box, and would sometimes take me out of it and hold me in her hand, or set me down to walk."

Laputa, Gulliver aboard the Floatinng island. That the King could punish rebellion by hovering over the rebellious town by depriving it of rain and sun. "And if the crime deserve it, they are the same time pelted from above with great stones against which they have no defence... if they still continue obstinate,, or offer to raise insurrections; he proceeds to the last remedy, by letting the island drop directly on their heads, which makes a universal destruction of houses and men." Chapter Five.
Balnibari, the machine for speculative learning."He then led me to the frame about the sides whereof all hispupils stood in ranks. It was twenty foot square, placed in the middle of the room. The superficies was composed of sveral bits of wood, about the bigness of a dye, but some larger than others. They were all linked together by slender wires. These bits of wood were covered on every square with paper pasted on them; and, on these papers were written all the words of thewir language in their sevral moods, tenses, and declensions, but withoutany order. The professor then desired me to observe, for he was going to set his engine at work. The pupils at his command took each them hold of an iron handle, whereof there were forty fixed round the edges of the frame; and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words changed. He then commanded six and thirty of the lads to read the several lines softly as they appeared upon the frame; and where they found three or four words together that might make part of a sentence, they dictated to the four remaining boys who were scribes."