Abbreviated title
The publisher to the reader in Sir William Temple's Miscellanea
JSA Identification Number
1_4_5
Teerink/Scouten Number
473
ESTC Number
T136599
Copy and its Location
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Publisher and Printer
[Temple, Sir William] Miscellanea. The third part. ... Published by Jonathan Swift, Vol. , pp [A2r-A3v].
London, Tooke, Benjamin, 1701.

Commentary

This prefatory characterization of Temple’s essays is part of Swift’s editorial work on Sir William Temple’s papers and it is taken here from the original volume. The title page says, ‘Publish’d by Jonathan Swift, A.M. Prebendary of St. Patrick’s, Dublin’, which declares Swift’s role. ‘Publisher’ and ‘Published’ in this context means mean ‘editor’ and ‘edited’; Swift is responsible for putting this work before the public.

Benjamin Tooke, Jr. (1671-1723, fl. 1693-1723) was the son of Benjamin Tooke, Sr., sometimes confused with him. He was Swift’s bookseller from 1701, when he first published some of Temple’s papers, until his death. He published important works, including Contests and Dissensions and Tale of a Tub; Swift’s formal and serious works bore his imprint. After he began to write for the ministry in 1710, Swift was drawn into an alliance with the government printer, John Barber, but Tooke shared with Barber the appointments that came through ministry patronage, perhaps through Swift’s influence: The London Gazette; Stationers to the Ordnance; the reversion of Queen’s printer.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. i, pp. 262-3, 304; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, pp. 33-6; Michael Treadwell, 'Swift's Relations with the London Book Trade to 1714', in Author/Publisher Relations during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris (Oxford: Oxford Poytechnic Press, 1983), pp. 1-36.