Publisher: London: Printed for J. Roberts, 1715.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: McBurney 79; ESTC N22063.
Condition: Spine rebacked; red leather label chipped with some loss; very good copy.
Book ID: 19646
Description8vo, contemporary panelled calf, red leather label, gilt lettering. Frontspiece. Imprimatur leaf present.
CommentsAn attack on the controversial English statesman Robert Harley, for whom Swift had worked, by the diplomat and pro-Whig pamphleteer Burnet and his sometimes partner George Duckett, friend of Addison and commissioner of excise. Burnet and Duckett also collaborated on two weeklies, Pasquin and The Grumbler, and a pamphlet critical of Pope's Homer, The Homerides (1716), which earned them a place in the Dunciad Variorum. Here they tell the story of manipulative, greedy puppeteer, descended from a Roman henchman which is obviously based on Harley, who had just been sent to the Tower. Though not traditionally considered prose fiction, A Second Tale of a Tub is an early example of collaborative fiction.