Swift the Tory Propagandist
The Examiner. Or, Remarks Upon Papers and Occurrences.
[Dublin: C. Carter], 14 August 1710-15 August 1711.
Dublin reprint edition. Calligraphic title-page. 4to. Swift the Tory Propagandist. Full brown morocco gilt, t.e.g., by Birdsall. Repairs to margins and tears throughout, nos. 32, 33, 39 & 40 soiled with some loss to text, some headlines shaved Teerink 526 (variant, with no "D. Tompson" imprint); ESTC P1384 (7 copies); Rothschild 2010 (London ed.) Provenance: George D. Smith (pencil inscription on rear blank); Gerald E. Slater (his sale, Christie's New York, 12 February 1982, lot 177); Louis and Anne Davidson (bookplate). Item #308169
The complete first volume of the Dublin reprint of The Examiner, organ of the Tory party for which Swift acted as unpaid editor. Swift left the Whig party in 1710 in protest to its indifference to the welfare of the Anglican Church in Ireland and its opposition to the Test Act, which excluded Roman Catholics and Dissenters from government positions.
"Swift's contributions to The Examiner comprise thirty-three essays written from a tory point of view ‘to assert the principles, and justify the proceedings of the new ministers’. Published on Thursdays from 2 November 1710 (no. 14) to 14 June 1711 (no. 46, jointly written with Manley, the subsequent editor), Swift's essays were each answered in The Medley the following Monday by Addison's friend, the whig MP Arthur Mainwaring" (ODNB).
The Dublin reprint of John Morphew's London edition was originally issued by Daniel Tompson, who was joined by Cornelius Carter in issue 7, with Carter taking over publication in 1711. The present set is printed solely by Carter, a wretched and careless printer, and includes his reprints of the Tompson issues.
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