An Essay on the earlier Part of the Life of Swift … to which are subjoined several Pieces ascribed to Swift; two of his original Letters; and Extracts from his Remarks on Bishop Burnet’s History.

London: Printed for J. Johnson [et al.]. 1808.

8vo., pp. viii, 3-232, with the half-title; A3 and A4 reversed, some foxing, particularly in sheet K; original drab boards, diced cloth spine, a little worn, remains of printed label.


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First edition. Barrett (1753-1821) was Vice-Provost and Professor of Oriental Languages at Trinity College, Dublin, a scholar known for his eccentricity and the extent and profundity of his philological and classical learning. The essay ‘contains some interesting facts about the dean’s college career’ (DNB), but ‘most of the pieces ascribed to Swift are not genuine’ (Teerink). Teerink-Scouten 136.

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