Abbreviated title
Drapier's Letters I, To the shop-keepers
JSA Identification Number
9_5_2
Teerink/Scouten Number
21
ESTC Number
T1864
Copy and its Location
CUL, Hib.8.725.6
Publisher and Printer
Fraud detected: or, the Hibernian Patriot. Containing, all the Drapier’s Letters to the people of Ireland, on Wood’s coinage, &c. Interspers’d with the following particulars, viz. I. The addresses of the Lords and Commons of Ireland, against Wood’s coin. II. His Majesty’s answer to the said addresses. III. The report of his Majesty’s most honourable Privy Council. IV. Seasonable advice to the Grand Jury. V. Extract of the Votes of the House of Commons of England, upon breaking a Grand Jury. VI. Considerations on the attempts, made to pass Wood’s coin. Vii. Reasons, shewing the necessity the people of Ireland are under, to refuse Wood’s coinage. To which are added, Prometheus. A poem. Also a new poem to the Drapier; and the songs sung at the Drapier’s club in Truck Street, Dublin, never before printed. With a preface, explaining the usefulness of the whole, Vol. , pp 1-19.
Dublin, Faulkner, George, 1725.

Commentary

This is the first collected edition of the Drapier’s Letters and it is Faulkner’s first important publication of Swift. The text derives from Harding’s first edition, though it contains some corrections. The typography is Harding’s, rather than the more restrained style associated with Faulkner.

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. x, pp. 1-12, 207-9; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 207-15, 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.