Abbreviated title
A vindication of his Excellency the Lord Carteret
JSA Identification Number
Teerink/Scouten Number
ESTC Number
Copy and its Location
CUL, Hib.5.735.13 (7)
Publisher and Printer
The works of J.S,D.D,D.S.P.D., Vol. IV, pp 286-309.
Dublin, Faulkner, George, 1735.


This text may have first been printed simultaneously by Faulkner in Dublin and Bowyer in London in 1730. This printing by Faulkner in the collected Works is a curious mixture of boldness and discretion. He prints Carteret’s name in full and also Hartly Hutcheson’s, but some notes that appear in previous London editions are not here (ones on Allen and Tighe). At one point the text is more colloquial, using ‘Wenches’ instead of ‘Mistresses.’ Faulkner makes the text slightly more formal, as usual (with capitals to begin all nouns and for the first word of each paragraph).

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. xii, pp. 150-69, 337-9; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 658-60, 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.