Abbreviated title
The Intelligencer XV
JSA Identification Number
10_3_5
Teerink/Scouten Number
34
ESTC Number
T135902
Copy and its Location
CUL, Williams 227
Publisher and Printer
The Intelligencer, Vol. , pp .
Dublin/London, Moor, A. (pseudonym) Bowyer, William, 1729.

Commentary

The Intelligencer was a weekly paper written alternately by Swift and Thomas Sheridan. Like several of the pamphlets of this period, it was first printed in Dublin by Sarah Harding, who became Swift’s favoured printer after the death of her husband, John.

This version of The Intelligencer was the first London printing, by ‘A. Moor in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and the Booksellers of London and Westminster’. ‘A. Moor’ was not a real bookseller, but a name used when there were fears of legal action against the printer and publisher. The printer, however, was the very respectable William Bowyer (ledger entry 1446 (17 May 29)), who also printed the second London edition for Francis Cogan, and the book was entered in the Stationers’ Register to Bowyer and Charles Davis. George Faulkner, who had worked for Bowyer in the previous decade may have acted as Swift’s agent.

This text represents an intermediate stage in the development of the text of Swift’s Intelligencer essays, with some corrections of the first Dublin printing.

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.

References: The Intelligencer, ed. James Woolley (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992); The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. xii, pp. 29-61, 325-9; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 581-6; 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.