I have been reading "Gulliver's Travels" (Otherwise known more verbosely as "Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships"), and I have noticed that two-digit numbers are often written in the "German" style, that is it say that the "tens" place is written after the "ones" place.
I marked one example recently, but I have seen several others. From page 125 of the Collins Classics (2010) edition:
"No law of that country must exceed in words the number of letters in their alphabet, which consists only in two-and-twenty."
Some interior shots of the first edition show that the writing, apart from some minor differences still looks very much like contemporary English.
So my question is why the numbers are written like this. Was it common at the time for English speakers to say numbers this way? When did it change?