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Jonathan Swift and the eighteenth-century book

Jonathan Swift and the eighteenth-century book

McLaverty, J., editor of compilation; Bullard, Paddy, editor of compilation

This collection of essays addresses the relationship between Swift and the world of commercial print, and in so doing illustrates the range of developments with which writers, booksellers and their public transformed the business of print during the first half of the eighteenth century

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Paddy Bullard and James McLaverty
ISBN: 1107016266, 9781107016262
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xvi, 291 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Subject: Literature.; Publishing; Literature; Books Great Britain History 18th century.; Swift, Jonathan; Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745.; Printing; Printing Great Britain History 18th century.


  1. Introduction Paddy Bullard and James McLaverty
  2. Part I. Swift's Books and their Environment: 1. Swift as a manuscript poet Stephen Karian
  3. 2. Leaving the printer to his liberty: Swift and the London book trade, 1701-14 Ian Gadd
  4. 3. What Swift did in libraries Paddy Bullard
  5. Part II. Some Species of Swiftian Book: 4. The uses of the miscellany: Swift, Curll, and piracy Pat Rogers
  6. 5. Swift's Tale of a Tub and the mock book Marcus Walsh
  7. 6. Epistolary forms: published correspondence, letter-journals and books Abigail Williams
  8. 7. Exploring the bibliographical limits of Gulliver's Travels Shef Rogers
  9. 8. George Faulkner and Swift's collected works James McLaverty
  10. Part III. Swift's Books in their Broader Context: 9. Censorship, libel and self-censorship Ian Higgins
  11. 10. Swift's texts between Dublin and London Adam Rounce
  12. 11. Publishing posthumous Swift: Dean Swift to Walter Scott Daniel Cook
  13. 12. The mock-edition revisited: Swift to Mailer Claude Rawson.


'Swiftians and book-history addicts will find something novel and stimulating in each chapter of this enjoyable book; I can also highly recommend the introduction, by the joint editors James McLaverty and Paddy Bullard. This is a masterpiece of elegant, succinct scholarship that indicates the relationship between the themes covered in the book, showing the range of original scholarship behind the Swift Works project and the value of the textual editing even of well-known texts. The Swift who emerges from these pages - obsessive maker of books, crafty manipulator of bookmen and publishing methods, mischievous exploiter of multiple authorial and editorial voices - was a key figure in the burgeoning publishing culture in England and Ireland in the early eighteenth century. This beautifully-produced volume not only reminds one of his significance but, in itself, of the value of the original scholarship that underpins serious textual editing.' Andrew Carpenter, SHARP News