An Introduction to: The Sentiments of a Church of England Man with Respect to Religion and Government
- Abbreviated title
- The sentiments of a Church of England man
- JSA Identification Number
- Teerink/Scouten Number
- ESTC Number
- Copy and its Location
- CUL , Hib.5.735.10
- Publisher and Printer
- The works of J. S, D.D, D.S.P.D. in four volumes, Vol. i., pp 56-90.
- Dublin, Faulkner, George, 1735.
This essay, probably written in 1704, was first published in Swift’s miscellany of 1711. It is a very good example of Swift’s revision for Faulkner’s Works in 1735. When Swift came to look over his writing, either privately or in discussion with Faulkner, he seems to have lavished a lot of care on it. Revision was dedicated to polishing, giving extra attention to prepositions, for example, and expanding some expressions. The typography is typical of that of the Works, with the use of capitals and small capitals at the beginning of paragraphs making the whole seem very orderly.
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 (forthcoming), and Mary Pollard’s entry on him in her Dictionary .
References: References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. ii, pp. 1-25, 275-6; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, p. 124-9, vol. iii, pp. 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.