Abbreviated title
Predictions for the year 1708
JSA Identification Number
4_3_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
483
ESTC Number
T124498
Copy and its Location
CUL, Williams 334
Publisher and Printer
Predictions for the year 1708. Wherein the month and day of the month are set down, the persons named, and the great actions and events of next year particularly related, as they will come to pass. Written to prevent the people of England from being further impos’d on by vulgar almanack-makers. By Isaac Bickerstaff Esq, Vol. , pp .
London, Morphew, John, 1708.

Commentary

This is the first edition of these Predictions. It is a small octavo pamphlet, distributed by John Morphew, a trade publisher. The publication was possibly handled for Swift by Benjamin Tooke, who was his bookseller in the early part of his career and used Morphew as a distributor.

The use of typography is not particularly inventive. When it comes to the predictions, the months are printed in full capitals, and each item has its own paragraph; the eight pages of the pamphlet are tightly filled with type. Swift made some revisions to this pamphlet but they are not very significant.

John Morphew was a trade publisher. He had been a journeyman in Edward Jones’s printing house and took on John Nutt’s business when Nutt took over Jones’s printing shop in 1706. He continued the publishing business until he died in 1720. He seems to have been the trade publisher the Tories preferred. His was a small business, employing only a woman and a boy.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. ii, pp. 139-50, 286-7; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, pp. 199-201; 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 Polytechnic Press, 1983), pp. 1-36; Michael Treadwell, ‘London Trade Publishers, 1675-1750’, Library, 6th ser. 4 (1982), 99-134.