Abbreviated title
Three sermons: I. On mutual subjection. II. On conscience. III. On the Trinity.
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Copy and its Location
CUL , Williams 220
Publisher and Printer
Three sermons: I. On mutual subjection. II. On conscience. III. On the Trinity. By the Reverend Dr. Swift, Vol. , pp .
London, Dodsley, Robert Cooper, Mary, 1744.


This is the first edition of these sermons, and the one closest to Swift’s manuscript. Dodsley advertised ‘The Originals may be seen at Mr. Dodsley’s in the Dean’s own Hand, with the Dates when and where they were preach’d’. There are some misprints, including, ‘Subordination’ at the bottom of p. 34 in this copy, which identifies it as the first edition and ESTC T50294. The heavy capitalization suggests it is a fairly faithful copy of the original.

Robert Dodsley was born 13 February 1703 and died 23 September 1764. In his early life he was 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 booksellers of the century, publishing Akenside, Shenstone, the Wartons, Collins, Gray, the Annual Register, Percy’s Reliques, and his innovative collections of poems and plays.

Thomas and Mary Cooper took over Thomas Warner’s business as a trade publisher in 1733 and rapidly became the leading distributors of literary works. The business continued until Mary’s death in 1761.

References: The Prose Writings of Jonathan Swift, ed. Herbert Davis and others, 16 vols. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1939-74), vol. ix, pp. 139-68, 375-6; Irvin Ehrenpeis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, 3 vols. (London: Methuen, 1962-83), vol. iii, pp. 53, 80-1; James E. Tierney, ‘Robert Dodsley’, in The D ictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 154, The British Literary Book Trade, 1700-1820, ed. James E. Bracken and Joel Silver (Detroit, MI: Gale, 1995); Michael Treadwell, ‘London Trade Publishers, 1675-1750’, Library, 6th ser. 4 (1982), 99-134.