Directions to Servants in General;

SWIFT Jonathan (1745)


Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

and in particular to the butler, cook, footman, coachman, groom, house-steward, and land-steward, porter, dairy-maid, chamber-maid, nurse, laundress, house-keeper, tutoress, or governess. By the Reverend Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D

First London Edition. 8vo (186 x 116mm). [2], 93, [1] pp. Title-page and verso of final leaf slightly dusty, disbound at some point from a larger tract volume (manuscript tract number still visible in the upper fore-corner of the title-page) otherwise fine. Modern full calf, spine lettered in gilt.

London: for R. Dodsley...and M. Cooper, 

Teerink, 785. First printed in Dublin in the same year. 

Swift's famous pamphlet on the supposed "villanies and frauds of servants".

The pamphlet was published shortly after Swift's death and it is possible that it was intended to be a much longer work. What remains is, as Swift's friend Lord Orrery noted, a work of  "so facetious a kind of low humour, that it must please many readers; nor is it without some degree of merit, try pointing out with an amazing exactness (and what in a less trivial case must have been called judgment) the faults, blunders, tricks, lies, and various knaveries of domestick servants."

Stock Code: 228777

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