Abbreviated title
An answer to The craftsman
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ECCO BL , 90.d.7
Publisher and Printer
The works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. Volume VII. Part I., Vol. VII.i, pp 103-8.
London, Bowyer, William Dodsley, Robert Dodsley, James Davis, Lockyer Reymers, Charles, 1764.


This piece was first printed by Faulkner in an appendix to his Works (1758), ix. This edition seems to be reprinted from Faulkner’s. There are some minor variations, which might suggest an alternative source, but they are more likely to be unsupervised compositor variation.

This group of publishers is led by the printer William Bowyer in alliance with the Dodsley brothers. 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. A. Moor is not the name of a real bookseller, but a device to disguise the identity of the real undertaker of the edition.

Robert Dodsley was born 13 February 1703 and died 23 September 1764. In his early life he was footman to Charles Dartiquenave and others, but gained admission to literary society through his poems and plays. Pope set him up in business with £100 in 1735. He published for Pope and became one of the foremost literary booksellers of the century, publishing Akenside, Shenstone, the Wartons, Collins, Gray, the Annual Register, Percy’s Reliques, and his innovative collections of poems and plays. His brother James joined him in the business and continued it after his death.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. xii, pp. 173-8, 339; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 683-5; 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; James E. Tierney, ‘Robert Dodsley’, in The D ictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 154, The British Literary Book Trade, 1700-1820, ed. James E. Bracken and Joel Silver (Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995).