An Essay on Man. In Epistles to a Friend. Epistle I. Corrected by the Author. London: Printed for J. Wilford ... [1734]. [With:]

[POPE, Alexander]. An Essay on Man … Epistle II. London: Printed for J. Wilford ... [1733].

[POPE, Alexander]. An Essay on Man ... Epistle III. London: Printed for J. Wilford ... [1733].

[POPE, Alexander]. An Essay on Man ... Epistle IV. London: Printed for J. Wilford ... [1734].

London, 1733-4.

Four parts, folio, pp. 17, [1]; [2], 18; 20; and [4], 18, [2]; complete with the half-titles to Epistles II and III as issued and the advertisement leaf at the end of Epistle IV; Epistle III slightly foxed, else good copies bound together in modern boards; contemporary ownership inscriptions to each work of G. Courthop.


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The Essay complete in four epistles: the important fourth printing of Epistle I (revised and adding a ‘note to the reader’ and a table of contents to all four parts), with the first editions of Epistle II (with lines numbered), Epistle III (with the note on the final page set in two lines), and Epistle IV.

There were five printings of Epistle I in 1734-5, the first three of which call it ‘Part I’ rather than ‘Epistle I’. The present edition is the only one with important revisions to the text and was long sought after by collectors.

Foxon P827, P832, P840, and P845; Griffith 307, 300, 308, 331.

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