Abbreviated title
A treatise on good-manners and good-breeding
JSA Identification Number
4_12_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
45A (4b)
ESTC Number
T184756
Copy and its Location
CUL , Hib.5.768.9.21
Publisher and Printer
Volume IX. of the author’s works, containing letters to Governor Hunter. The history of the last session of Parliament, and the peace of Utrecht. Written at Windsor in the year 1713. The Craftsman of December 12, 1730. And the answer thereto. A treatise on good manners and good breeding. By the Rev. Dr. J. Swift, D.S.P.D., Vol. ix., pp 37-47.
Dublin, Faulkner, George, 1758.

Commentary

This treatise was first published by Dr. Delany in his Observations on Lord Orrery’s Remarks (1754). It was reprinted by George Faulkner in the Works in 1738. The text is modernized, in a style different from the 1735 Works, without so many capitals, though capitals and small capitals are used for proper names.

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. 213-18, 299; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 779-90; 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.