Abbreviated title
The substance of what was said by the Dean
JSA Identification Number
10_12_2
Teerink/Scouten Number
47
ESTC Number
N31130
Copy and its Location
ECCO Bodleian, Vet. A4 e.3055/12 or Vet. A5 e.4858
Publisher and Printer
Volume XII of the author's works. Collected and revised by Deane Swift, Esq. of Goodrich in Herefordshire, Vol. XII, pp 297-302.
Dublin, Faulkner, George, 1765.

Commentary

This work was first printed by Deane Swift in his edition of Swift’s Works (1765), vol. viii, pt. I, pp. 198-201; Faulkner’s text derives from his. The text, which is modernized in its capitalization, and probably its punctuation, is a good example of Faulkner’s later work, and there are four useful explanatory notes. Herbert Davis (Prose Writings, vol. xii, p. 337) points out that Faulkner correctly identifies the printer of Swift’s Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufactures as Edward Waters, but then misidentifies the ‘Noble Person’ as Lord Carteret rather than the Duke of Grafton.

George Faulkner (?1703-1775) was Swift’s most important publisher and editor. In his early years Swift tended to publish his major works through the London trade, but with the Drapier’s Letters (1724) Dublin publication became more important. Faulkner, who had worked for William Bowyer in London and was a polished printer, brought out the first collected edition of the Drapier’s Letters, as Fraud Detected, in 1725, and by 1732 was planning a subscription edition of Swift’s Works. The four volumes came out in 1735, and established Faulkner as Swift’s printer. Swift, at least to some extent, and his friends had collaborated in the edition. Faulkner continued to print Swift and to enlarge his edition, which by 1771 consisted of twenty volumes.

Faulkner did his best both to date Swift’s works and to elucidate them with footnotes. His pioneering work is of first importance both for Swift’s text and for explanatory notes. For further discussion of Faulkner, see the long note in the Gulliver’s Travels volume in the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift, and Mary Pollard’s entry on him in her Dictionary.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. xii, pp. 145-8, 337; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 779-90; Mary Pollard, A Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade 1550-1800 (London: The Bibliographical Society, 2000); Mary Pollard, ‘George Faulkner’, Swift Studies, 7 (1992), 79-96.