Abbreviated title
A vindication of his Excellency the Lord Carteret
JSA Identification Number
10_13_2
Teerink/Scouten Number
697
ESTC Number
T50820
Copy and its Location
CUL, Williams 364 (7)
Publisher and Printer
A Vindication of his Excellency the Lord C----t, from the charge of favouring none but Tories, High-Churchmen, and Jacobites, Vol. , pp .
London, Warner, Thomas Bowyer, William, 1730.

Commentary

The first printing of this work was possibly Faulkner’s in Dublin. The Dublin edition reads ‘London: Printed, and Dublin Re-printed’, but Herbert Davis in his edition (Prose Writings, vol. xii, p. 337) argues that Faulkner’s was actually the first edition, timed to coincide with the end of the parliamentary session. Imprints of this sort could serve as a protection against legal action; Pope’s Dunciad in 1728 (Dublin printed, London Re-printed) set a precedent that Swift and Faulkner might well be following; but not necessarily. The text is lively and well printed. Italics are used both ironically and to praise to Carteret. The tables are well laid out.

The printer was William Bowyer. The ornament on p. 1 is number 55 in Keith Maslen’s The Bowyer Ornament Stock and the book is entered in the Bowyer ledgers on 24 April 1730 ( item 1545), billed to Faulkner and ‘WB’. The collaboration between the two men – Faulkner had worked for Bowyer – complicates the question of precedence. Faulkner could have organized prior or simultaneous publication with Bowyer, who, as he wasn’t a bookseller, would have used Warner as his distributor. I suspect, however, that the easiest way to organize such publication would be for Faulkner to send the printed sheets to Bowyer for copying. Faulkner’s, therefore, is probably the text closest to Swift’s writing.

William Bowyer, Sr. (1663-1737) and Jr. (1699-1777) were the major literary printers of the eighteenth century. They are the focus of John Nichols, Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, 9 vols. (1812) and their records have been studied by Keith Maslen. They developed a special relationship with George Faulkner, who had once worked at their shop, in the late 1720s and early 1730s. Warner was a trade publisher, rather than an enterprising bookseller, and has no known connection with Swift.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. xii, pp. 150-69, 337-9; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 658-60; The Bowyer Ledgers, ed. Keith Maslen and John Lancaster (London: Bibliographical Society; New York: Bibliographical Society of America); Keith Maslen, ‘George Faulkner and William Bowyer: The London Connection’, in his An Early London printing House at Work: Studies in the Bowyer Ledgers (New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1993), pp. 223-33, Keith Maslen’s The Bowyer Ornament Stock (Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1973); Michael Treadwell, ‘London Trade Publishers, 1675-1750’, Library, 6th ser. 4 (1982), 99-134.