An Introduction to: The Presbyterians Plea of Merit . . . Impartially Examined
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- The presbyterian's plea of merit ... impartially examined
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- CUL, Williams 22
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- Volume VI. of the Author’s works. Containing the Publick spirit of the Whigs; and other pieces of political writings, &c. With Polite conversation, &c., Vol. vi., pp 97-117.
- Dublin, Faulkner, George, 1738.
This pamphlet was first printed by Faulkner in Dublin and is here reprinted in his edition of the Works. There is some stylistic revision, as usual, with the aim of refinement, ‘till’ becoming ‘until’, for example. There are some signs of caution, ‘his Majesty’ becoming ‘that Prince’, and Faulkner has added some notes
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.