Abbreviated title
Some arguments against enlarging the power of bishops in letting of leases
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CUL , Williams 354
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Some arguments against enlarging the power of bishops, in letting of leases. With remarks on some queries lately published., Vol. , pp .
Dublin, Hyde, John, 1723.


This is the first printing of these Arguments. Hyde was not a particularly distinguished printer, but there are few mistakes in this printing. Swift revised the text for Faulkner’s Works (1735) in order to make it more refined. ‘Pound’ is changed to ‘Pounds’ as usual and much care is taken over the subjunctive. A passage praising the Archbishop of Dublin is somewhat shortened, but there is a striking addition: ‘a Chaplain’ is changed to ‘some worthless illiterate Chaplain’.

John Hyde worked as a bookseller, printer, and bookbinder, from 1709 to 1728. He had a significant association with Swift, beginning with a reprint of Conduct of the Allies in 1711. He played an important role in the Dublin book trade, providing Trinity College with stationery and being chosen three times as the Stationers’ candidate for the Dublin Common Council. In 1719 Swift recommended him as an agent for collecting subscriptions for Prior’s poems, and in 1726 he printed an edition of Gulliver’s Travels that contained corrections that were probably Swift’s. On his death he was described as ‘the most Eminent and noted Bookseller in this City’. See Mary Pollard’s Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade, from which my information is taken.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. ix, pp. 43-60, 371-2; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 197-204; Mary Pollard, A Dictionary of Members of the Dublin Book Trade 1550-1800 (London: The Bibliographical Society, 2000).