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WARTON, Joseph (1722--1800)
An essay on the writings and genius of Pope.
London: printed for M. Cooper, 1756.
xii, 334 p. ; 20.2 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Joseph Warton. The first edition. A second volume was published in 1782. Dr Johnson's review of the first volume appeared in the Literary Magazine, or Universal Review in 1756, and he admired Warton's learning: 'He must be much acquainted with literary history both of remote and late times, who does not find in this essay many things which he did not know before; and if there be any too learned to be instructed in facts or opinions, he may yet properly read this book as a just specimen of literary moderation'. Warton revised the text of the first volume for each of his subsequent editions in 1762, 1772, and 1782, and incorporated some of its content into the notes to his edition of the works of Pope in 1797 (q.v.). ESTC t53617.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front pastedown TB 707, and in pencil, probably in Soane's hand, 2/6 1808. Front free-endpaper inscribed in pencil -3-.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1408


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