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POPE, Alexander (1688--1744)
[Works. 1751]
The works of Alexander Pope Esq. In nine volumes complete. With his last corrections, additions and improvements, as they were delivered to the editor a little before his death. Together with the commentaries and notes of Mr. Warburton.
London: printed for J. & P. Knapton, H. Lintot, J. & R. Tonson, and S. Draper, 1751.
9 vols ; 20.6 cm. (8º)
I: [2], 274 p., III engr. pl. (frontis.)
II: [2], ii, 272 p., IV--VII [i.e. 4] engr. pl.
III: [4], xxx, 299, [1] p., VIII--XV [i.e. 8] engr. pl.
IV: [2], ii, 341, [1] p., XVI--XVIII [i.e. 3] engr. pl.
V: [4], 323, [13] p., XIX--XXIII [i.e. 5] engr. pl. (frontis.)
VI: [2], iv, 416 p., pl. XXIV
VII: [2], xxxi, [1], 367, [1] p.
VIII: [2], x, 280 p.
IX: [2], xv, [1], 372 p.

General title-page in volume I only; each volume has a special title-page. The separate title-pages to volumes I and II bear the imprint, 'printed for H. Lintot, J. and R. Tonson, and S. Draper'; those to vol. III--IX bear the imprint, 'printed for J. and P. Knapton'. Pope's translations of Homer are not included. This is the first edition of Pope's collected works as somewhat controversially edited by William Warburton, to whom the poet had left the copyright of his printed works in his will. Soane made numerous references to Pope's works in his lectures, particularly the Essay on Man, the Essay on Criticism and the Moral Essays, and was still transcribing notes with page references to this edition for use in his fourth lecture as late as March 1819. (Archives 1/264, 9 March 1819). Contents: Vol. I: Juvenile poems. -- vol. II: Translations and imitations. -- vol. III: Moral essays. -- vol. IV: Satires, &c. -- vol. V: The Dunciad, in four books. -- vol. VI: Miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose. -- vol. VII--IX: Letters. All title-pages are printed in red and black. The plates, after Samuel Wale, F. Hayman and others are numbered consecutively I--XXIV; plates I and XIX are directed to be bound as frontispieces. For the history of the production of Warburton's Pope, see D. Nichol, Pope's literary legacy: the book-trade correspondence of William Warburton and John Knapton (Oxford 1992). ESTC t5432; Griffith, 643--651.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on verso of the front free-endpaper of all volumes TB 501, and in pencil in vol. I only, probably in Soane's hand, 3/13/6 1808.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-ruled and dotted borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments, black and red morocco spine-labels, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 1553


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