Abbreviated title
The last will and testament of Jonathan Swift
JSA Identification Number
12_31_2
Teerink/Scouten Number
804
ESTC Number
T145564
Copy and its Location
ECCO ,
Publisher and Printer
The last will and testament of Jonathan Swift... Taken out of the Perogative [sic] Court of Dublin, Vol. , pp .
London, Cooper, Mary, 1746.

Commentary

Swift’s Will has not survived. It was printed by Faulkner on a half-sheet, which then became bound in with his edition of the Works. This London edition emends the reading ‘vindicatorem’ for Swift’s tablet to ‘vindicem’. Herbert Davis is right to reject this attempt to make Swift’s Latin more classical: it’s difficult to imagine how the reading ‘vindicatorem’ (which is the reading in the cathedral) got there if it didn’t come from Swift.

Thomas and Mary Cooper took over Thomas Warner’s trade publishing business when he died in 1733. The business was used regularly by Pope, Dodsley, and their circle, and it became highly successful . It continued until Mary’s death in 1761.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. xiii, pp. 147-58, 223-4; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 655, 903-4; Michael Treadwell, ‘London Trade Publishers, 1675-1750’, Library, 6th ser. 4 (1982), 99-134.