Abbreviated title
Preface to Voltaire's Essay
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Copy and its Location
ECCO BL, 9225.aa.28
Publisher and Printer
An essay upon the civil wars of France, extracted from curious manuscripts. And also upon the epick poetry of the European nations, from Homer down to Milton. By Mr. de Voltaire. To which is prefixed, a short account of the author. By J. S. D. D. D. S. P. D., Vol. , pp .
Dublin, Ross, William, 1760.


Voltaire’s Essay was published in London in 1727. Swift’s preface was first printed by John Hyde in 1728. This reprint is by William Ross, a Dublin auctioneer and bookseller who was in business from 1739 till his death in 1765. His text has no independent authority.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. v, pp. 109, 351; Mary Pollard, A Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade 1550-1800 (London: The Bibliographical Society, 2000).