Abbreviated title
A preface to the Bishop of Sarum's introduction
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ECCO BL , Sach. 378/1 or 4106.a.48
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A preface to the B----p of S--r--m’s introduction to the third volume of the History of the reformation of the Church of England. By Gregory Misosarum, Vol. , pp .
London, Morphew, John, 1713.


This is the first edition of the Preface, published on 7 December 1713. In some respects it is a little rough in comparison with later revisions: ‘appeared at several times’ later becomes ‘appeared several Times’; ‘t’other’ becomes ‘the other’; ‘that’ several times becomes ‘who’; ‘destituted’ becomes ‘destitute’, ‘thro’’ becomes ‘throughout’, and so on. There is substantial use of italic and disemvowelling.

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.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. iv, pp. 53-84, 288-90; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. ii, p. 693-6; 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.