Abbreviated title
Some Considerations humbly offered to the Right Hon. the Lord-Mayor ... in the choice of a Recorder
JSA Identification Number
10_21_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
87
ESTC Number
T52755
Copy and its Location
ECCO BL CUL , 90.d.6 Ccd.48.106
Publisher and Printer
The works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. Volume VI. Part II., Vol. VI.ii, pp 207-8.
London, Davis, Charles Hitch, Charles Hawes, Lacey Hodges, James Bathurst, Charles Dodsley, Robert Dodsley, James Bowyer, William, 1755.

Commentary

This is the version in Hawkesworth’s edition of the W orks (1755) of a two-column half-sheet published in 1733. The typography is modernized, without capitals for nouns.

John Hawkesworth (baptized 1720, died 1773) was a friend of Samuel Johnson and a successful editor and man of letters. His approach to Swift’s text was lively and reforming, allowing himself room to modernize Swift on most fronts.

The group of booksellers responsible for this publication is distinguished. They are led by Charles Bathurst, who was taken into apprenticeship by Benjamin Motte, the bookseller for Gulliver’s Travels and other of Swift’s official publications, in 1727 for the large sum of £80. He became a partner in the firm in 1734 and, after Motte’s death in 1738, he carried on the business until his own death in 1786. All my information on Motte and Bathurst comes from the research of Michael Treadwell.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. xiii, pp. 69-70, 221; J. L. Abbott, John Hawkesworth : Eighteenth-Century Man of Letters (Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1982); Michael Treadwell, ‘Benjamin Motte, Jr’, in Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 154, The British Literary Book Trade, 1700-1820, ed. James E. Bracken and Joel Silver (Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995).