Abbreviated title
An answer of the Right Honourable William Pultney to the Right Honourable Robert Walpole
JSA Identification Number
8_3_2
Teerink/Scouten Number
47
ESTC Number
N31137
Copy and its Location
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Publisher and Printer
Volume XIX. of the author’s works. Containing letters written by the late Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin, and several of his friends. From the year 1700 to 1742. Published from the originals; collected and revised by Deane Swift, Esq. ... To which is added, some originals, never before published; and illustrated with historical and explanatory notes, by the publisher., Vol. xix., pp 265-278.
Dublin, Faulkner, George, 1768.

Commentary

Faulkner reprinted Deane Swift’s text of this answer in this late volume of his Works.

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, and Mary Pollard’s entry on him in her Dictionary.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. iii, pp. 111-19, 351; 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.