Abbreviated title
Remarks on Tindal
JSA Identification Number
2_4_1
Teerink/Scouten Number
87
ESTC Number
T52747
Copy and its Location
ECCO BL, 90.d.7
Publisher and Printer
The works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin, Vol. vii.i, pp 43-89.
London, Bowyer, William Dodsley, Robert Dodsley, James Davis, Lockyer Reymers, Charles, 1764.

Commentary

These Remarks were first printed by Faulkner in 1763. Hawkesworth in this edition does his best to tidy up what is necessarily rather untidy material. Though he does a good job, he tends as elsewhere (in the poems, for example) to carry out a modernizing and revising function, regardless of what might be the original text. As a result, this is an easier text to read than Faulkner’s, but Faulkner’s, in spite of its mistakes, is more authentic.

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.

William Bowyer, Jr., (1699-1777) was a learned printer, like his father of the same name. He was educated at St. John’s College Cambridge and became eminent in the mid-century, as printer of the Votes of the House of Commons, and printer to the Society of Antiquaries and to the Royal Society.

Robert Dodsley (1703-1764) served in his early life as footman to Charles Dartiquenave and others, but gained admission to literary society through his poems and plays. Pope set him up in business with £100 in 1735. He published for Pope and became one of the foremost literary bookseller of the century, publishing Akenside, Shenstone, the Wartons, Collins, Gray, the Annual Register, Percy’s Reliques, and his innovative collections of poems and plays. His brother James joined him in business and survived him.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. ii, pp. 65-107, 280-1; J. L. Abbott, John Hawkesworth : Eighteenth-Century Man of Letters (Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1982); The Bowyer Ledgers, ed. Keith Maslen and John Lancaster (London: Bibliographical Society; New York: Bibliographical Society of America); Keith Maslen, ‘George Faulkner and William Bowyer: The London Connection’, in his An Early London printing House at Work: Studies in the Bowyer Ledgers (New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1993), pp. 223-33; James E. Tierney, ‘Robert Dodsley’ 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).