An Introduction to: Some Thoughts on Free-Thinking
- Abbreviated title
- Some thoughts on free-thinking
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- Copy and its Location
- CUL , Hib.5.768.28
- Publisher and Printer
- Volume XVI. Containing letters to and from Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin, from the year 1703, to 1743. With notes explanatory and historical, by the Rev. Thomas Birch, D.D. F.R.S. John Hawkesworth, L.L.D. and the editor, Mr. Thomas Wilkes. With an appendix, containing many original pieces., Vol. xvi., pp 26-28.
- Dublin, Faulkner, George, 1767.
This is the first printing of this piece. It was printed again by Faulkner in his Appendix in the same year. The capitalization is modernized.
George Faulkner (?1703-1775) was Swift’s most important publisher and editor. In his early years Swift tended to publish his major works through the London trade, but with the Drapier’s Letters (1724) Dublin publication became more important. Faulkner, who had worked for William Bowyer in London and was a polished printer, brought out the first collected edition of the Drapier’s Letters, as Fraud Detected, in 1725, and by 1732 was planning a subscription edition of Swift’s Works. The four volumes came out in 1735, and established Faulkner as Swift’s printer. Swift, at least to some extent, and his friends had collaborated in the edition. Faulkner continued to print Swift and to enlarge his edition, which by 1771 consisted of twenty volumes.
Faulkner did his best both to date Swift’s works and to elucidate them with footnotes. His pioneering work is of first importance both for Swift’s text and for explanatory notes. For further discussion of Faulkner, see the long note in the Gulliver’s Travels volume in the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift, and Mary Pollard’s entry on him in her Dictionary.
References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. iv, pp. 49-50, 287-8; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, p. 281-2, 589; Mary Pollard, A Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade 1550-1800 (London: The Bibliographical Society, 2000); Mary Pollard, ‘George Faulkner’, Swift Studies, 7 (1992), 79-96.