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and W. BoWYER.
P R E F A C E
THE Works of Dr. Jonathan Swift
were written and published at very distant periods of his life, and had passed through many editions before they were collected into volumes, or distinguished from the produ&tions of contemporary wits, with whom he was known to associate.
The Tale of a Tub, the Battle of the Books, and the Fragment were first published together in 1704, and the apology, and the notes from Wotton were added
in 1710; this edition the Dean revised a short time before his understanding was impaired, and his correčtions * will be found in this impression.
Gulliver's Travels were first printed in the year 1726, with some alterations which had been made by the person through whose bands they were conveyed to the press, but the original passages were restored to the subsequent editions +.
The corrected Copy is + See the letter to Sympson now in the hands of Mr. Dean and note, Vol. II. Swift
Many other pieces both in prose and verse, which had been written between the years 1691, and 1727, were then collected and
published by the Dean in conjunction with Mr. Pope, Dr. Arbuthnot, and Mr. Gay, under the title of Miscellanies * ; of all these pieces, though they were intended to go down to posterity together t, the dean was not the author, as appeared by the title pages, but they continued undistinguished till 1742, and then Mr. Pope, having new classed them, ascribed each performance among the prose to its particular author in a taðle of contents, but of the verses be distinguished only the Dean's, by marking the rest with an asterisk.
In the year 1735, the pieces of which the Dean was the author, were selečted from the miscellany, and with Gulliver's Travels, the Drapier's Letters, and some other pieces which were written upon particular occafions in Ireland, were published by George Falkener, at Dublin, in four volumes; to these he afterwards added a fifth and a
* See the preface to Vol. II). and my name shall stand linkfigned by the Dean and Mr. ed friends to pofterity both
verse and prose. | At all adventures yours Pape to Suift Mar.23,