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Benjamin Motte

(1693—1738) bookseller and printer


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He published scientific works, Anglican sermons, and classical editions. Swift chose him as publisher of Gulliver's Travels (1726), but Motte made changes to the text of the first edition without the author's knowledge. Although Swift continued to support him, Motte upset Pope, who believed his production of Miscellanies in Prose and Verse was full of errors.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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