Abbreviated title
Advice to the free-men of the city of Dublin, in the choice of a member to represent them in Parliament
JSA Identification Number
10_23_3
Teerink/Scouten Number
66
ESTC Number
T39445
Copy and its Location
ECCO BL , 12270.de.6
Publisher and Printer
Miscellanies. By Dr. Swift, Vol. XI, pp 187-97.
London, Hitch, Charles Davis, Charles Dodsley, Robert Cooper, Mary, 1746.

Commentary

This Advice was first published as a broadside in 1733. This text is probably taken from Faulkner’s Works, also printed in 1746. In three places, awkwardness in the early editions is removed.

In typography this edition continued the tradition of the Swift-Pope Miscellanies, with small capitals at the beginning of paragraphs, capitals at the beginning of nouns, and free use of italic; a tradition that was going to undergo a radical revision with Hawkesworth’s edition of 1755.

The ordering of the names of the booksellers in the imprint is possibly merely a reflection of seniority (sometimes seniority was abandoned to acknowledge ownership of copyright). It’s very likely that the publication was directed by Robert Dodsley and run by Mary Cooper, who often worked with him.

Robert Dodsley was born 13 February 1703 and died 23 September 1764. In his early life he was footman to Charles Dartiquenave and others, but gained admission to literary society through his poems and plays. Pope set him up in business with £100 in 1735. He published for Pope and became one of the foremost literary booksellers of the century, publishing Akenside, Shenstone, the Wartons, Collins, Gray, the Annual Register, Percy’s Reliques, and his innovative collections of poems and plays.

Thomas and Mary Cooper took over Thomas Warner’s trade publishing business when he died in 1733. The business was highly successful and continued until Mary’s death in 1761.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. xiii, pp. 79-85, 221; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 761-2; James E. Tierney, ‘Robert Dodsley’, in The Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 154, The British Literary Book Trade, 1700-1820, ed. James E. Bracken and Joel Silver (Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995); Michael Treadwell, ‘London Trade Publishers, 1675-1750’, Library, 6th ser. 4 (1982), 99-134.