Abbreviated title
The Intelligencer, Numbers I, III, V, VII, IX; and XIX
JSA Identification Number
10_3_4
Teerink/Scouten Number
35
ESTC Number
T130870
Copy and its Location
CUL, Williams 228
Publisher and Printer
The Intelligencer, Vol. , pp .
London, Cogan, Francis Bowyer, William, 1730.

Commentary

The Intelligencer was a weekly paper written alternately by Swift and Thomas Sheridan. Like several of the pamphlets of this period, it was first printed in Dublin by Sarah Harding, who became Swift’s favoured printer after the death of her husband, John.

This version was published by ‘Francis Cogan, at the Middle-Temple-Gate in Fleetstreet’ as the ‘second edition’ in London in 1730. Like the London edition for ‘A. Moor’, it was printed by William Bowyer. George Faulkner, who had worked for Bowyer in the previous decade may have acted as Swift’s agent.

William Bowyer, Sr. (1663-1737) and Jr. (1699-1777) were the major literary printers of the eighteenth century. They are the focus of John Nichols, Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, 9 vols. (1812) and their records have been studied by Keith Maslen. They developed a special relationship with George Faulkner, who had once worked at their shop, in the late 1720s and early 1730s. Although Cogan had a long career in the book trade, very little is known about him. He was a subscriber to Clarendon’s History, and supported the early career of Eliza Haywood.

References: The Intelligencer, ed. James Woolley (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992); The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. xii, pp. 29-61, 325-9; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 581-6; The Bowyer Ledgers, ed. Keith Maslen and John Lancaster (London: Bibliographical Society; New York: Bibliographical Society of America); Keith Maslen, ‘George Faulkner and William Bowyer: The London Connection’, in his An Early London printing House at Work: Studies in the Bowyer Ledgers (New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1993), pp. 223-33.