Abbreviated title
A discourse to prove the antiquity of the English tongue
JSA Identification Number
4_15_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
87 87
ESTC Number
T52748
Copy and its Location
ECCO BL, 90.d.8
Publisher and Printer
The works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin.. Volune VIII. Part I. Collected and revised by Deane Swift, Esq; of Goodrich, in Herefordshire, Vol. viii.i., pp 269-278.
London, Johnston, William Bowyer, William, 1765.

Commentary

This piece was first printed here by Deane Swift in his edition of the Works in 1765. It has the correct reading ‘Seiser’ for Caesar. Its typography is modernized.

Deane Swift (1707-83) was doubly linked to Swift by family ties. His father, also Deane Swift, was Swift’s Cousin, the son of Godwin Swift, who had supported Swift’s education. He married Mary, the daughter of Martha Whiteway, also Swift’s cousin and one of the people who cared for him in later life. Deane Swift was on good terms with Swift in the 1730s (Swift praised him in a letter to Pope), and he later wrote An Essay upon the Life, Writings, and Character of Dr. Jonathan Swift (1755), an important biographical study. Mrs Whiteway inherited many of Swift’s manuscripts, and Deane Swift was able to draw on this collection when he revised Hawkesworth’s edition of Swift in 1765.

William Johnston (fl. 1748-73) was, according to Plomer, ‘One of the foremost booksellers and publishers in London. He boasted that his name was on three-quarters of the books in the trade as part-proprietor’.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. iv, pp. 231-9, 300; A Dictionary of the Printers and Booksellers . . . 1726 to 1775, ed. H. R. Plomer, G. H. Bushell, E. R. McC. Dix (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society, 1932)