Abbreviated title
The Examiner
JSA Identification Number
6_2_2
Teerink/Scouten Number
4
ESTC Number
T33670
Copy and its Location
CUL, Yorke.e.60
Publisher and Printer
The Examiners for the year 1711. To which is prefix'd A letter to the Examiner, Vol. , pp .
London, Morphew, John Dodd, Anne, 1712.

Commentary

The Examiners were printed weekly, starting on 3 August 1710. Swift’s first contribution was on 2 November 1710 and the last 14 June 1711. This collection of the numbers for 1711 was published in 1712.

John Morphew was a trade publisher. He had been a journeyman in Edward Jones’s printing house and took on John Nutt’s business when Nutt took over Jones’s printing shop in 1706. He continued the publishing business until he died in 1720. He seems to have been the trade publisher the Tories preferred. His was a small business, employing only a woman and a boy. He was the regular publisher or distributor for John Barber, who was Swift’s printer and the financer of his publications while he was writing for the government. Anne Dodd was a mercury or seller of newspapers. The collection largely follows the first printings, though it does omit the original number 13, a defence of the principle of non-resistance, written by Atterbury. As a result, Swift’s first essay becomes number 13, rather than number 14 as it was originally – a regular source of potential confusion for Swiftians. Swift doesn’t seem to have revised these essay until publication of the 1735 Works.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. iii, pp. 1-173, 273-6; Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, pp. 406-21; Michael Treadwell, ‘Swift’s Relations with the London Book Trade to 1714’, in Author/Publisher Relations during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris (Oxford: Oxford Polytechnic Press, 1983), pp. 1-36; Michael Treadwell, ‘London Trade Publishers, 1675-1750’, Library, 6th ser. 4 (1982), 99-134.