The Intelligencer. By the Author of a Tale of a Tub.

Swift Jonathan (1730)


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Second Collected Edition (first published 1729). 12mo. [6], 268pp. Contemporary calf, red morocco label, tooling and lettering in giltLondon: Printed for Francis Cogan.

Teerink, 35. Signature of Jno. Hipsley on the front flyleaf. Light browning/foxing.The first of the twenty numbers of The Intelligencer was published by S. Harding in Dublin on 11th May 1728. Produced jointly with Dr Thomas Sheridan, the periodical was intended to "inform, or divert, or correct, or vex the town". Writing to Pope in June 1732 Swift confessed: "If we could have got some ingenious young man to have been the manager, who should have published all that might be sent him, it might have continued longer, for there were hints enough. But the printer could not afford such a young man one farthing for his trouble, the sale being so small, and the price one halfpenny; and so it was dropped". This first collected edition, containing the first nineteen numbers, was offered to the English in the following terms:: "The following Productions I met struggling in a mean Condition, representing the Poverty of their Countrey by their outward Appearance; but by their Discourse they soon betrayed their good Birth and Education..... As they wanted nothing but a more genteel Dress to enable them to make their Fortune in England, I have given them the Cloathing of our own Countrey. And now, I doubt not, they will have the good luck of being admitted to a Lady's Toilet, or the ill one of being closetted by a Prime Minister".

Stock Code: 61187

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