Jonathan Swift

Sample pages from the 1727 edition.

[Gulliver's] Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1727 (2nd ed.)

Maps are not only fact, they are also fiction. The imaginative dimension of maps is evident by their wide adaptation in works of fiction, such as in Swift's famed novel Gulliver's Travels. Here, you see Swift's fictional land "Brobdingnag," on the left, jutting out from North America with New Albion below, a common name on early maps for what is now California.