Essays on Swift and his Contemporaries in Honour of Hermann J. Real
Edited By Kirsten Juhas, Patrick Müller and Mascha Hansen
II. BIBLIOGRAPHICAL AND TEXTUAL STUDIES
RE-IMPRESSED TYPE IN THE FIRST FOUR OCTAVO EDITIONS OF A TALE OF THE TUB, 1704-5 James E. May, Penn State University, DuBois There are many unrecognized bibliographical and textual complexities in the first four octavos of A Tale of a Tub. That these have not been discussed may be surprising, but that such complexities exist is not, at least not in view of the speed with which the editions were printed and published. The known details of publication were gathered up by David Woolley about 1983 in a prefatory essay for a complete edition of Swift’s prose that he anticipated producing with Angus Ross.1 The Post-Man of 6-9 May 1704 announced that the Tale would be pub- lished “Tomorrow,” giving the first motto and the titles of the two works appended and indicating the book was “Printed for J. Nutt near Stationers-Hall.” On 10 May, the Daily Courant ran a shorter “This day” advertisement, for “John Nutt,” and on 26 May another advertisement.2 Advertisements never mentioned the price, but the Term Catalogues for Easter (May) indicated four shillings.3 My search of the 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers (Online) turned up only one early addition, an advertisement in the Daily Courant of 25 May 1705 for the “4th Edition, Corrected. Printed for J. Nutt,” coming at the time that the edition was noted in the Easter Term Catalogue.4 The fourth edition, however, as typographical evidence below will show, was at least partly printed in 1704. The Tale was rarely advertised, selling...
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