Abbreviated title
A new journey to Paris: together with some secret transactions between the Fr[enc]h K[in]g, and an Eng[lish] gentleman
JSA Identification Number
6_5_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
536
ESTC Number
T5344 [
Copy and its Location
CUL , Williams 329
Publisher and Printer
A new journey to Paris: together with some secret transactions between the Fr---h K---g, and an Eng--- gentleman. By the Sieur du Baudrier. Translated from the French, Vol. , pp .
London, Morphew, John, 1711.

Commentary

This is the first edition of this piece, published in September 1711. Morphew acted for John Barber, who was Swift’s printer and the financer of his publications in this period. There was a second edition, consisting largely of the same type but with some corrections. The copy recorded here has all Davis’s first edition readings, except one, which seems to be a variant. The printing is done professionally, with the use of italic to represent the speech and ideas of others, a characteristic of Swift’s polemical writing.

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. iii, pp. 207-8, 279; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, p. 477-80; 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.